Kebbi residents flee as bandits invade community

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Several residents of Illo town in Bagudo Local Government of Kebbi State have begun to vacate their residences to neighboring communities due to an invasion experienced in the hand of some bandits on Monday night.

The invasion which generated panic among the residents reportedly occurred at about 11:30pm with five bandits members that surfaced in the village shooting sporadically in the air, forcing residents to run for their dear lives.

It was gathered that the bandits who were armed with several machine guns could not be tamed by men of local vigilantes in the village who scampered for safety during the incident.

Ripples Nigeria also learnt that neither injury nor loss of life was recorded during the invasion.

The Bagudo Local Government Chairman, Alhaji Muhammad Kaura, when contacted confirmed the invasion, saying it occurred at 11:30 pm on Monday.

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“The bandits were first sighted roaming around the area, buying bread, soft drinks and water in the afternoon, but nobody showed any concern to report them to the appropriate authorities,” he said.

Kaura added that the bandits later laid siege on the community. “When our vigilante and residents countered their moves, they just brought out highly sophisticated machine guns and started shooting sporadically. It was then that our people took to their heels and scampered for safety to save their lives. Nobody has been kidnapped, shot or killed in the invasion.”

He, however, implored the residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious character lurking around the area.

“The situation has been brought under control as residents have now continued with their normal activities,” the chairman said.

When contacted on the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Nafiu Abubakar, who promised to get back on the incident had nothing to say on matter as at press time.

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