Tuesday, 11 June 2024 04:49

Gunmen kill 50 in raid on Katsina village, residents say

Rate this item
(0 votes)

At least 50 people were killed and an unspecified number kidnapped, including women and children, when gunmen attacked the village of Yargoje in Katsina state, northwest Nigeria at the weekend, residents said on Monday.

A year after President Bola Tinubu came to power promising to end widespread insecurity, attacks in the northwest by armed gangs, often referred to as bandits, have become almost routine, with authorities seemingly powerless to stop them.

Dozens of gunmen on motorbikes stormed Yargoje in the Kankara local government area of Katsina state late on Sunday, according to resident Hassan Ya’u.

"They shot sporadically at people, claiming the lives of more than 50 (of us), including my younger brother," he told Reuters by phone. He added that an unknown number of villagers had been abducted and properties looted.

Another resident, Abdullahi Yunusa Kankara, said he narrowly escaped the onslaught and that it continued into the early hours of Monday. "Our town has turned into a death zone. Almost every house in the village has fallen victim to this attack."

Kankara added: "We are currently carrying out a headcount to determine how many people have been abducted. More dead bodies were recovered this morning."

Katsina police authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Attacks in rural areas and kidnapping for ransom are rife in northern Nigeria, a region blighted by a 15-year-long Islamist insurgency in the northeast and frequent deadly clashes between farmers and herders in north-central areas.



June 22, 2024

Stanbic-IBTC founder Atedo Peterside announces retirement as a banker

The founder of Stanbic-IBTC Bank, Atedo Peterside has announced his retirement as a banker. Peterside…
June 23, 2024

Kano emirate tussle gets messier as parties take ‘convenient’ stands on court orders

The details of the judgement of the Federal High Court of Thursday have confirmed that…
June 23, 2024

A sisterhood of millions: the all-women church groups helping people in Nigeria

On a warm Thursday afternoon in May, the ululation, drumming and singing of a choir…
June 23, 2024

3,300-year-old sunken ship found in Mediterranean at a depth where time has 'frozen,' Israel says

A 3,300-year-old ancient sunken ship dating back to the Bronze Age has been discovered in…
June 23, 2024

Retired army general shot dead in Abuja residential estate

Uwem Udokwere, a retired brigadier general, has been killed in Abuja, the nation’s capital. Udokwere…
June 23, 2024

What to know after Day 850 of Russia-Ukraine war

WESTERN PERSPECTIVE Has Russia just dropped a deadly new 3,000kg glide bomb in Ukraine? The…
June 19, 2024

Chips maker Nvidia rises to world’s most valuable company

Nvidia has become the world’s most valuable company following a staggering rally in its shares,…
June 18, 2024

Amusan secures fourth straight national title in 100m hurdles

Tobi Amusan has claimed her fourth consecutive national title in the women’s 100 metres hurdles…

NEWSSCROLL TEAM: 'Sina Kawonise: Publisher/Editor-in-Chief; Prof Wale Are Olaitan: Editorial Consultant; Femi Kawonise: Head, Production & Administration; Afolabi Ajibola: IT Manager;
Contact Us: [email protected] Tel/WhatsApp: +234 811 395 4049

Copyright © 2015 - 2024 NewsScroll. All rights reserved.