The police in Katsina has confirmed that 17 bandits were killed by the combined efforts of the police and vigilante group in Gurbi village of Kankara in the early hours of Thursday.
According to a police statement signed b the SP Gambo Isah said, ‘when they attack Gurbi village today being 27/02/2020 at about 03:00hrs, a distress call was received that bandits in their numbers armed with AK 47 rifles stormed Gurbi village, Kankara LGA of Katsina state, killed four persons and rustled a large number of domestic animals.
The statement further disclosed that ‘after they received a fierce resistance by the local vigilante groups. Consequent upon which, the Commissioner of Police, Katsina State Command, CP Sanusi Buba, psc, directed DPO Kankara Division to lead Operation Puff Adder in collaboration with Vigilante groups to the scene.
‘The bandits were engaged in a shootout along with some vigilante members. The team succeeded and killed seventeen (17) suspected bandits and recovered eighty cows (80), one hundred and eight sheep and a donkey from the hoodlums earlier carted away by from the village and other neighbouring villages.
‘During the attack, bandits killed one Alh. Sanusi, m, of Yar-Bakaje, (2) Akilu Isuhu, m, Bawa Gidan Mai Ruwa (3) Nana Husaini, f, aged 25yrs of Unguwar Farin Dutse, Gurbi village and (4) Muntari Sama’ila, m, aged 30yrs of Gidan Korau village all of Kankara LGA of Katsina state while three other persons sustained injuries.
‘Some of the bandits managed to escape with gunshots wounds. Operatives are combing the nearby bushes for the arrest of the fleeing bandits and recovery of their operational weapons. An investigation is ongoing.
Meanwhile, last week suspected bandits have reportedly demanded the sum of N1m from residents of Akata village in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.
It was gathered that the bandits were not happy when the residents of the village pursued a bandit who came to rob in the village and collected all the stolen animals from the hoodlum.
Sources who confided to our reporter said piqued by this dev the bandits wrote a letter to the community demanding for the sum of N1m or they will be attacked soon.
It was gathered that the villagers have started mobilizing N1, 500 from each household to avoid being attack.
Even though findings revealed that the amount has been reduced and the police had told the residents to disregard the threat, but the villagers are still collecting the N1, 500.
It was gathered that the Police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah said “We are investigating. We are not leaving any small information.