Barely 24 hours after the visit of the wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, to the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State, armed bandits again attacked a village, Batsarin Alhaji village in the area, killing two persons.
Spokesperson of Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, who confirmed the incident, said the bandits stormed the area on Sunday night but were resisted by his men and officers on the ground who swung into action to repel them.
He said the combined team of the Nigerian Army and police engaged the bandits in a fierce battle and chased them into the forest.
It was gathered from sources in the area that the bandits carted away the livestock of villagers but the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Isah, said the bandits fled, abandoning the livestock.
He said some of the livestock had been returned to their owners, while some of the villagers were combing the bush in search of their livestock.
The Police scribe urged the residents to cooperate with the security agencies and provide them with useful information to help in the fight to curb the menace.
“I urge the people to report any scrupulous element and movements in their areas, and not wait until they are attacked before reporting to security agents.
“The bandits stormed the area in their numbers but we resisted them in a fierce battle. A combined team of the Nigerian Army and Police chased the bandits into the forest. In the process, they abandoned the livestock they rustled.
And villagers were combing the bush for their livestock while some returned to their owners. The people were happy with our quick response because it was timely.
Two villagers were killed but our men are now destroying the camps of the bandits,” he said. It would be recalled that armed bandits struck in Yargamji village in Batsari LGA last Wednesday, killing 18 persons and farmers working on their farmlands.