- The traders were gunned down along Jibia/Batsari Road while returning to their community
At least nine persons were savagely murdered on Sunday when bandits wreaking havoc in Nigeria’s northern region attacked a clutch of travelling traders in Katsina state.
The traders were gunned down along Jibia/Batsari Road while returning to their community from a local market in Jibia
It’s gathered that the assailants also razed the two vehicles the traders were travelling in when they ran into the gunmen around 6 p.m. on Sunday.
A resident who pleaded for anonymity disclosed that “The traders left the market early enough after their trading on Sunday only for them to run into the gunmen between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. along the Jibia/ Batsari Road.”
The resident said the gunmen shot into the two vehicles conveying the traders, killing one of the drivers and the traders on the spot.
Some residents who spoke with newsmen further disclosed that sympathisers later deposited corpses of the victims at the Jibia General Hospital where their relatives picked them on Monday morning.
It’s not yet confirmed, as of Monday, how many traders were wounded in the accident and how many were abducted.
The spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, ASP Abubakar Aliyu, is yet to speak or issue a statement on the incident.
Meanwhile, Governor Dikko Radda, has said there is relative peace in the state because of the efforts of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in the state.
He made this known at the annual West African Social Activities organised by the 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Katsina.
He said, “Your efforts are highly commendable. I urge you to maintain the laudable standard. The historical role of WASA serves as an avenue that fosters good relationship between the Nigerian Army personnel and host communities which has been serving its purpose in the state over the years.”