… As Bandits kill 14 and injure 10 in Zamfara community***
The Katsina State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has apprehended a tanker loaded with 33,000 liters of petroleum products in Baure Local Government area of the state.
The Area Controller, Mr Dahiru Abdullahi disclosed this in Katsina on Monday, just as Zamfara Police Command also confirmed the killing of 14 persons and injuring of 10 others by bandits in Karaye village of Gummi Local Government Area.
The Customs Command Boss noted that the tanker was apprehended at Maibara border town while trying to cross into Niger Republic, a distance of 16 kilometres.
Recall that the Customs banned supply of petroleum products in filling stations within 20 kilometres to the borders, to prevent sharp diversion of products across the border.
He said that the vehicle, with registration number: DBT 574 XA, was loaded with petrol from Kano depot, meant for a filling station in Kanya-Babba, Babura local government area in Jigawa, but the driver is currently in the custody of the Police, while assisting Customs investigations, routed the tanker into Maibara border.
He urged the media to continue to enlighten the public on the dangers of smuggling prohibited items and the importance of paying Customs Duty.
Meanwhile, the 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.
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.