– Another 22 people have lost their lives in Nigeria as criminals attacked them
– They were killed in Zamfara when bandits shoot many people dead at a goldmine
– The bandits had earlier met resistance when they attempted to invade a village
Gunmen Thursday evening killed at least 22 people in a deadly raid on a gold mine near Sabuwar Tunga village in Dankurmi district of Maru local government area of Zamfara state.
Residents told our correspondent that the armed men had earlier invaded a nearby village called Koda with the intent of rustling cattle but met fierce resistance from the highly organized residents of the community.
The residents killed the leader of the bandits in shoot out and were able to recover all their rustled cattle.
The armed men organized themselves again and went to the gold mine near Sabuwar Tunga village.
They laid siege when most of the residents were attending a weekly market trading in Dankurmi community.
“They asked the traders who mostly sell soft drinks to come for a meeting and when about eight of them gathered for the purported meeting, they shot them in the head at close range,” a resident identified as Lawali told Daily Trust.
“They then proceeded to the mining pits and blocked all escape routes before they began shooting dead the artisanal miners at close range.”
The resident further explained that the armed men then quickly marched to Sabuwar Tunga community and abducted more than 100 people including nursing mothers and children.
However, a nursing mother who gave birth not more than two weeks ago was asked to give her baby over.
The baby was returned to the community but the mother was not spared in the abduction.
“The baby is being breastfed by another nursing woman. One sad and pitiful story about this nursing mother is that her husband was among those killed at the goldmine.
“It took more than 300 local vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai hours to retrieve the remains of those killed because of the fear that the armed criminals might return,” said the source.
The incident happened at a checkpoint when the criminals swooped on the unsuspecting policemen at Ayanmbat community near Idundu in the Aka Efa area of the Cross River capital.
The policemen were killed while resting at the location,
In another report, troops of 82 Division Nigerian Army arrested 20 people suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) following the presence of the military in Orlu town, Imo state.
Members of the group who were made up of 16 men and 4 women have all been handed over to the Nigerian Police Force by the army.
This was confirmed by Col Aliyu Yusuf, the deputy director, army public relations on Monday, February 22.
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