…5 die in Abuja Auto crash***
The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal on Sunday attended the funeral of 25 persons killed by bandits in a fresh attack which occurred on Saturday in three communities in Rabah local government area of the state, showing that banditry may indeed be on the rise.
Few hours later, five persons, including a couple, died in a road accident in Abuja on Sunday.
Tambuwal, together with heads of security agencies, traditional rulers and government officials later condoled the families of the victims after the burial held at Gandi town.
The bandits rreportedly came in large numbers and raided Kalhu, Tsage and Geeri villages near Gandi and killed the 25 persons.
The attackers were said to have engaged in indescriminate shooting from around 5pm on Saturday till Sunday morning, after which they carted away hundreds of cows, sheep and other valuables.
Rabah has been experiencing bandits’ attacks in recent time, with people losing their lives while many others who were rendered homeless now taking refuge at an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Gandi.
Tambuwal pledged that the government would take more measures “to end such uncivilized and barbaric attacks”, and urged community members to assist security agencies with useful information to track the bandits.
Speaking to newsmen, Sokoto state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Kaoje, said four persons including a woman informant who pretended to be a lunatic were arrested.
Kaoje said that a joint security operation was in progress to contain banditry and other crimes in the state.
The state Chairman, IDPs’ Welfare Committee, Malam Lawal Maidoki said relief materials had been delivered to the victims.
With the present 25 buried in the latest attack, the total number of persons killed by bandits in Sokoto state has risen to 108 from 2018 to date.
Other places affected by armed bandits’ attacks were Dalijan, Rakkoni and Tabanni communities within the period.
Meanwhile five persons, including a couple, died in a road accident in Abuja on Sunday.
A sixth person, who was seriously injured in the incident which occurred at about 8 a.m. near Setraco Junction along Kubwa Expressway, was rushed to the hospital.
According to an official of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Emmanuel Agbo, the incident occurred when a Toyota Camry car coming from Kubwa area to Abuja city centre was hit by a trailer.
Agbo highlighted at the scene of the incident, that the impact of the contact with the trailer, which was travelling in the same direction, forced the car, with six passengers, off the road.
“The impact forced the car, with registration number ABC 978 SL, to crash onto a concrete pillar of a bridge across the highway.
“Five persons in the car, including a couple, died on the spot. You can see their corpses on the ground.
“A sixth person in the car, a woman, sustained serious injuries and has been rushed to the hospital.
“We are trying to move the dead to the mortuary of one of the hospitals in the city,” Agbo said.
He said that the trailer did not stop after hitting the car, adding, however, that it was chased and caught by the police.
A police officer, Insp. Danjuma Garba however confirmed that the fleeing trailer and its driver had been held.
According to him, when the trailer escaped, we contacted all our men and the vehicle was chased and caught at AYA area.