Bandits threaten to attack 4 Sokoto villages

FILE PHOTO: Funeral prayer for victims of banditry attack at Tabbani village in Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State on July 11, 2018.

Suspected armed bandits have allegedly threatened to launch attack on four Sokoto villages, neighbouring Zamfara State, DAILY NIGERIAN reports.

Villagers who spoke to our reporter on Saturday night said the bandits sent letters to villages of Ruwan Tsamiya and Kursa in Gandi district of Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

According to the local sources, the bandits also sent warning messages to villages of Kaiwar Dawa and Malela in the same district.

“The bandits particularly demanded huge amount of money from Alhaji Mani Shehu, a rich farmer in Ruwan Tsamiya,” a resident of the village, Mallam Zaidi, told DAILY NIGERIAN.

“The villagers are now planning to raise money for the bandits to avoid attack. We can’t call the bandits’ bluff because we saw what happened to other villages.”

A lecturer at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Mansur Buhari, also told DAILY NIGERIAN that he received calls on Saturday night from one of the villagers, lamenting about the bandits’ demands.

But spokesperson for Sokoto Police Command, Cordelia Nwawe, refuted the villagers claim, saying the police had not received any report on the matter.

Ms Nwawe noted that the area is “well secure with massive deployment of policemen.”

“As I speak to you, there are two mobile police units in the Gandi general area, hundreds of policemen are patrolling the area.

“Ask them to report the matter to police not journalists so that we take action. If they feel threatened, they should not hesitate to go to the IDP camp and settle for some time,” she added.