Katsina, Nigeria- 35Km away from the capital city of Katsina, armed bandits numbering 35 invaded the village of Yangaiya in Batsari local government killing one person, and holding 12 for ransom at N30million from a village where majority of the people are local farmers and small business owners.
This gruesome attack came at a time when the state government have restricted motorcycles movement from 7pm in the entire local government areas of the state in effort to curtail the consistent attacks on villages using motorcycles by unrepentant armed bandits.
Given the ultimatum by the state government to bandits has elapsed, security agents have begun swift operations in fighting banditry. But the situation was different when armed bandits invaded the town of Yangaiya village on Tuesday at around 12 midnight.
Umar Sani a resident of Yangaiya told Cliqq Magazine how bandits attacked his village for the fourth time “The first time they came, they took away our cattle’s, the second time, our motorcycles, the third time they carted away with the remaining cattle’s and now they have killed our brother and taken away our people for ransom” Umar lamented
According to Umar Sani, they came wearing military uniforms with Ak 47 rifles, the bandits spent more than an hour before leaving Yanganya Village. He added that, there was no security operatives that was on ground to assist them, they were left to run for their lives.
94yr old Alh Muazu was sleeping when he heard loud noises and door banging at his residence. “they entered into my wife’s room, collected her money, took away three of my grandchildren, all teenagers”. Muazu told Cliqq Magazine
“Gun shot was fired at my door, they threatened to kill me if I don’t give them money, at the end, they collected N20, 000” Alh Muazu told our reporter as he spoke from his bed.
When we visited the family of the deceased that was shot by the bandits, we met an unpleasant atmosphere of heavy grief and sorrow from both family members and relatives.
According to his neighbor, Alh Yusuf, a 60yr old civil servant, said Hamisu was shot after he came out to fight the bandits not realizing that they were many and well-armed.
“He succeeded in knocking down one of the bandits before they shot him twice in the head leaving him in the pool of his own blood” Yusuf told our reporter.
The entire Yanganya village was filled with tension and grieve over the horrific incidence that has separated siblings from their parents and making a married woman into a widow.
Isyaku Muazu, a cotton farmer was among the kidnapped victims, but later released after walking for over 15km by the bandits due to health condition.
“I was having conversation with my friends when suddenly we saw group of armed men surrounding us, I tried to run, but was hit with a gun, I felt down and injured my waist. They ransacked our pockets, collected our phones and money before taking us away with them into the bush” Says Isyaku Mu’azu.
“After a long walk, they threatened to kill me if I don’t walk fast, but I couldn’t keep up. Out of sympathy, the gang leader ordered for my release”
Isyaku Muazu came back the next morning to his family whom were left depressed, disturbed and miraculously and anxiously waiting for his return.
Isyaku Muazu a refugee who came to Yangaiya village to seek refuge and live peacefully with his family is now tempted to leave until he finds a safe haven where his family will be free from incessant attacks by armed bandits.
The Government of Katsina has vowed to continue the fight against banditry which led to the restriction of movements of motorcycle’s riders by 7pm.
All effort to contact the spokesperson of the Katsina State Police command at the time of compiling this report for his comment, but he promised to get back to us for his comment.