…But, confirm killing of 1 and abduction of 2 by bandits in Sokoto***
The Zamfara Command of the Nigeria Police on Thursday, denied media reports that 40 people were killed and 70 nursing mothers and children abducted at Tungar Baushe in the Maru Local Government Area of the state. The Command however failed to indicate a figure of victims.
The denial was contained in a statement issued in Gusau by the Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Muhammad Shehu.
“Ignore the outrageous number of kidnapped victims being circulated on various media platforms.
“The number quoted is misleading and an attempt to create fear in the minds of Zamfara residents”, the Command Spokesman stated.
According to the police spokesman, security teams are on an extensive bush combing of the surrounding forests aimed at rescuing the kidnapped victims.
“Members of the public are enjoined to remain calm, discountenance the reported figures and assist security forces in the ongoing operations,” he said.
In the meantime, the Police Command in Sokoto State has confirmed that gunmen in the early hours of Thursday, attacked Saketa Community in Dingyadi village in the state, killed one and abducted two persons.
The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer ASP Sunusi Abubakar told newsmen that one person was killed and two others were taken by the bandits.
Abubakar said that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Kamaldeen Okunlola, was at the scene of the attack to commiserate with the people of the community.
“The commissioner has since put necessary measures in place to address the situation and deployed tactical team of policemen to rescue the abducted persons.
“As such, I want to assure the public that investigation is ongoing and with the current measures put in place by the command.
“We are confident that the issue of banditry will be halted as soon as possible,” he said.
He further urged people of the state to continue to support and inform the police and other security agencies on any security threat before taking decisions to avoid casualties.