For the umpteenth time Zamfara state has witness another attack from Bandits who on Monday morning invaded Goran Namaye in the Maradun local government area of Zamfara State, killing 10 people and abducting over 50 others, according to an eye witness.
However, based on the police account, the causality figures are different, according to the police, the number of those abducted is 50 while the security agency claimed only 50 were abducted in the attack.
The eye witness also said the bandits operated in the village for more than five hours.
Hamza Bakura, a resident of Bakura, which is close to Goran Namaye, said the attack started from 1 a.m.
“Immediately they entered the village, they started shooting but most of the people killed were slaughtered, not shot,” he said.
He added that when security operatives arrived at the village around 4 a.m., the bandits engaged them in a fierce gun duel.
Another source who lives in Talata Mafara, Mudassir Muhammad, also said those abducted “were more than 70”.
“In our house (in Mafara), they are over 50 people taking refuge because of the attack. It was terrible because some of them trekked to Mafara from Gora in the morning. I am sure you know the distance,” he said
However, the police spokesman in the state, Mohammed Shehu, said the bandits killed four people and abducted 50 in the attack.
He said the Commissioner of Police, Yakubu Elkana, had ordered immediate search and rescue operations for the victims.
It would be recalled that since the Nigeria Air Force jets bombed their camps in the Sububu and the Bakura forests, the bandits have intensified attacks on communities in Bakura, Maradun and Talata Mafara local government areas.
Just recently, the bandits attacked Zamfara State College of Agriculture and Animal Sciences.
Only Last week , Yarkofoji and Rini, both neighbouring communities of Goran Namaye, were attacked by the bandits suspected to be loyal to bandit-kingpin, Halilu Kachalla.