Mohammed Aminu in Gusau
No fewer than 15 persons were reportedly killed by cattle rustlers in Zanuka village of Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
A resident of the community, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed that the attackers invaded Zanuka village Friday morning and rustled cows belonging to the residents.
He revealed that a vigilante group popularly referred to as ‘Yansakai’ took on the rustlers and were able to force them to flee the community.
According to him, the bandits however returned later and attacked the village again, killing 15 people in the process.
The Public Relations Officer of the Zamfara State Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police Shehu Muhammed, who confirmed the incident to THISDAY on Saturday in Gusau, said the rustlers killed 15 people during the heinous attack on Zanuka village.
He said the command immediately swung into action and deployed men and officers to the village in order to prevent further loss of lives.
“This attack is purely a case of a clash between rustlers and members of the vigilante group in Zanuka village. Had it been the vigilante group informed the police on time about the cattle rustled by the criminals, an action would have been taken to prevent this attack.
â€œIn fact, on receiving the reports of the attack, our men were mobilised to the village and they discovered 15 dead bodies majority of whom were members of the vigilante group.
â€œBut the situation is under control at the moment, as the police have deployed adequate security to the area to maintain peace and secure lives of the people,” he stated.
He appealed to residents of the state to continue to provide useful information to the police in order to combat crime and banditry.
Muhammad added that the command would leave no stone unturned in order to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.