Sokoto: We attacked Goronyo market to avenge killing of ‘innocent’ Fulani – Bandit kingpin
Bandits have claimed responsibility for the attack on Goronyo Market in Sokoto State, where over 40 villagers were killed, describing it as a reprisal.
WITHIN NIGERIA had reported that bandits stormed the market last Sunday and opened fire on buyers and sellers leading to the death of 43 people.
However, the death toll of the victims has since risen to 49.
According to Daily Trust, one of the kingpins, Shehu Rekeb, who is close to both Kachallah Turji and Halilu Sububu, the two notorious warlords in the area, said the attack was carried out to avenge killings of “innocent Fulani” in the area.
We heard those who attacked Goronyo being described as criminals. They were not. The president (Muhammadu Buhari) came out to say so. Those people (of Goronyo) have killed so many people, so they would have to be attacked and killed,” he said.
Rekeb cited the killing of some Fulani Muslim worshippers at Unguwar Lalle. He said, “When those people (Fulani) were killed, the president did not say anything but he is now coming out to react to this one.”
A resident had on Monday said, “The recent attack could be a misplaced reprisal by ‘Yan Sakai’ because of the recent killing of 11 herders at Mamande Market in Gwadabawa Local Government Area, Daily Trust reports.
“This outlawed group is arresting and killing Fulani men unjustifiably,” he added.