Unfortunately, there has been an uncontrolled menace that has eaten deep into the nation.
One of them is killings by unknown gunmen and other alleged groups of persons, who terrorize various communities and cart away what belongs to them.
Some communities in Sokoto State have been deserted following fresh attacks by bandits, which left four deceased persons.
Garba Moyi, who is the state Commissioner for Security Matters, disclosed this, said livestock were also taken during the operation.
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According to the commissioner, three persons were killed at Bargaja village in Isa local government area, while one was killed in a community in Sabon Birni local government area.
A resident of Isa, identified as Surajo, said inhabitants of Bargaja, Tozai, Turba and Danzanke had all relocated to Isa town following series of attacks on their communities.
“They don’t sleep in their places anymore. Only some of their men who have farmlands nearer to the village go back every morning to work on them and rush back to Isa town before sunset,” he said.
Another resident, identified as Malam Sanusi, said Gatawa in Sabon Birni local government is now flooded with refugees from neighboring villages.
According to him, the villages include, Makera, Dankura, Burkusuma, Kumaro, Garin Tunkiya, Zangon Malam, and Asha Banza.
He stated that one Malam Bilya Idris, otherwise known as Idi Gago, was killed at Dankura village, and Malam Abdulmajid Abdurrahman, Muhammadu Hatimu, and Yazzid Sa’idu lost their lives during Zangon Malam’s attack some weeks ago.
He further explained that most of the people killed were either the vigilante group or those who lost their animals and decided to pursue the bandits.
“That is why we don’t encourage the villagers to engage them because we have our ways of recovering whatever they have stolen.
“We use their brothers who embraced peace to recover the animals and even their weapons as well as secure the release of kidnapped victims,” he said.