Twelve individuals have been reported lifeless whereas trying to rescue a kidnap sufferer at Illela Amarawa in Illela Native Authorities Space of Sokoto State on Monday.
It was gathered that suspected bandits had attacked the world and kidnapped one Alhaji Rabi’u Amarawa, a well-liked businessman.
Nevertheless, some members of his household alerted the vigilantes who chased the bandits in an try to rescue the sufferer.
The bandits opened hearth on them, which led to the demise of 12 individuals, together with the brother of the businessman.
A resident chatting with DailyTrust mentioned: “The kidnapped businessman is my uncle and two of my cousins had been killed throughout the struggle. We simply buried ten folks.
“The Gunmen got here straight to his home and picked him as if he was their solely goal.”
Confirming the incident, spokesman of the Sokoto Police Command, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, mentioned residents didn’t contain the police earlier than going after the gunman’s, purpose for heavy casualty within the space.
He, nonetheless, assured that investigation was ongoing and 5 models, every comprising 63 nicely armed policemen have been deployed to areas susceptible to banditry within the state.
“Operation Puff Adder II was simply launched and the state authorities gave us 15 operation autos out of the 80 the Governor promised us and all had been deployed to these areas.
“5 models had been despatched out and every unit comprising 63 policemen to guard these communities,” Abubakar added.