Gunmen on Monday attacked and killed three Civilian Joint Task Force, CJTF, and kidnapped two wives of former vice chairman of Shinkafi local government area, Bello Birnin-Yero and his daughter at Shinkafi, Zamfara State.
Blueprint newspaper reported that a witness, Isah Adamu, said the bandits numbering over 100 besieged the town at around 12:00 am and entered the house of the politician and took away his daughter and two wives.
“When the members of CJTF were alerted, they immediately swung into action by trailing the bandits to rescue the kidnapped women. In the exchange of fire, the bandits killed three members of the civilian JTF and fled with the three women.”
He also called on federal government and Zamfara state government to come to their assistance by deploying troops of the Nigerian Army to the area to restore peace.
“We are facing serious threat from dreaded groups of armed bandits day in, day out, and we need more security personnel to comb them out from their hideouts. They are very close to us in Niger republic borders,” he said.
Efforts speak with the spokesman for Zamfara Police Command, Muhammad Shehu, proved abortive as at time of filing in this report.
Last month, Governor Abdulaziz Yari approved the recruitment of 8,500 CJTF across 17 emirates in the state, with a view to complementing the efforts of security operatives in fight against armed banditry.