Gunmen have killed no fewer than 30 persons in Tangaza Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
The Sokoto State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ahmad Rufai, who confirmed the incident on Sunday, disclosed that the people were killed after the gunmen attacked Raka, Bilingawa, Raka Dutse, Jaba, Dabagi, and Tsalewa villages of the LGA on Saturday, June 3.
Rufai said prior to the attack, some members of a vigilante group had gone to Azam village to warn the Fulani community there. He said: “However, the vigilante members overreacted and ended up beating some villagers who are predominantly Fulani tribe.
“Consequently, the villagers called for assistance, and unfortunately the assistance came from armed men suspected to be bandits on board 20 motorcycles. On getting the information that assistance is coming for the vigilante members withdrew to their various villages.”
The police spokesman added that the gunmen immediately went after the vigilante members and killed eight people in Raka, seven in Bilingawa, six in Jaba, four in Dabagi, three in Raka Dutse, and two in Tsalewa Villages.
Rufai disclosed that the attackers also set two vehicles ablaze and six huts, while one Bajaj motorcycle believed to be that of the gunmen was recovered at the scene. He also confirmed another attack on Saturday by suspected bandits on some villages in Gwadabawa LGA of Sokoto State.