The activities of bandits ravaging Katsina were at their peak yesterday in parts of Katsina State as gunmen killed 34 persons and no fewer than 10 others were still missing after the hoodlums’ attacks.
The remains of no fewer than 20 slain farmers in Yar Gamji village of Batsari Local Government Area were yesterday conveyed to Emir Palace and Government House katsina in a peaceful protest by scores of residents of the area.
The mourners, led from the Emir Palace to Government House by Cigarin Katsina, Aminu Mamman Dee, told Governor Masari that beside the corpses of their relatives in five vehicles, no fewer than 10 other were missing after three hour of bandits onslaught on the affected village.
According to their spokesman, Aminiu Shehu, some of the corpses of the missing persons were found in the bush while their convoy was already on its way to Katsina.
Recalled that last week, they staged a peaceful protest in Batsari over bandits’ siege on Batsari communities but the killings and banditry had remained unabated and it is virtually daily affairs.
He lamented that the suspected bandits opened fire on the youths who were working in their farms as early as 7am and the blood bath in the village did not stop until 11am.
Receiving the irate mourners, Governor Aminu Bello Masari, lamented that the best efforts of various tiers of government was yet to end the carnage in the area, but however assured that the blood of the innocent youths and security operatives paying supreme sacrifice to defend other was a great loss to not only the bereaved, the area, and the state but the entire nation and the perpetrators would not go unpunished.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 11 members of local vigilante group were reportedly killed yesterday morning by bandits at Sabon Layin Galadima community in Fasakari Local Government Area of the state while five farmers were killed at Mara village in Danmusa Local Government Area of the state.
Investigations revealed that gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on several persons in Mara village before rustling their many animals in the village.
As for the incident at Sabon Layi village in Faskari Local Government Area, the spokesman of the state police command, SP Isah Gambo, confirmed that five corpses of the ill-fated vigilantes were recovered in the forest when the villagers and the police launched a search mission for the group believed to have went into the forest to confront the bandits.