The Zamfara State Government has denied reports that 40 persons were killed in a bandit attack at Ruwan Tofa village of Maru Local Government Area of the state.
Recall that some reports in the media had claimed that 40 people were killed on Tuesday, March 2.
The deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Bello Matawalle, Bashir Maru, while addressing newsmen Tuesday in Gusau denied the reports, saying that there were no casualties during the bandit attack.
Mr Maru regretted that the residents of Ruwan Tofa had earlier resisted the bandits and killed many of them, but were not reported in the media.
According to him, the bandits first attacked Tungar Baushe on Tuesday where they robbed residents and stole fuel for their motorcycles.
“As they moved out of the village towards the next village of Ruwan Tofa, information reached residents of Ruwan Tofa community and they prepared for the defence of their territory.
“In the ensuing melee, the suspected armed bandits were resisted and ambushed and many of them were killed but others escaped with different degrees of injury.
“However, two persons from Ruwan Tofa sustained gunshots injuries and are recuperating in an undisclosed hospital for reason of security,” he adde
He therefore described the alleged killings as a fabrication of the enemies of Zamfara State.
“It is unfortunate that some media organizations, without proper investigation and confirmation went ahead to published fabricated accounts dished out to them by enemies of peace in the state,” he said.