By Ishaq Zaki
Gusau – Zamfara Police Command on Monday confirmed the killing of 14 persons and injuring of 10 others by bandits in Karaye village of Gummi Local Government Area.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the attack is the first major breach of the peace agreement between the state government and the bandits initiated by Gov. Bello Matawalle.
A statement issued to newsmen in Gusau by the command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Muhammad Shehu said the attack occured on Sunday.
According to him, a total of 14 persons were killed, 10 others sustained gun shot injuries while some houses were set ablaze.
Shehu recalled that on Nov. 3, some meembers of local vigilantes, known as “Yan sakai in Bardoki village, attacked and killed nine Fulanis under the suspicion that they were bandits.
He said on receiving the report, the command arrested 11 members of the vigilantes suspected of actively participating in the killing of the fulanis.
The command’s spokesman said Sunday’s attack might have been a reprisal of the Nov. 3 incident.
“The incident is being investigated by the State CID Gusau and all the suspects will be charged to court for prosecution in order to serve as deterrent to others.
“However, combined teams attached to Operation puff Adder, men of Operation Hadarin-Daji and vigilantes led by the DPO Gummi mobilised to the scene and embarked on extensive bush combing with a view to trailing and arresting the perpetrators.
“Corpses and injured victims were conveyed to the General Hospital Gummi for autopsy and treatment, ” he explained.
He added that discreet investigation into the incident was ongoing and whoever was involved will be prosecuted.
“The command calls on members of the public to desist from taking laws into their hands as it will not hesitate to deal decisively with any person or group of person that tries to sabotage the relative peace currently being enjoyed in the state”, he said.