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Bandits attack Kebbi deputy gov’s convoy, kill 16 security agents

Bandits attack Kebbi deputy gov’s convoy, kill 16 security agents

Sixteen security agents, including fifteen soldiers and a policeman were reported to have lost their lives when bandits attacked the convoy of the Kebbi State deputy governor, Colonel Samaila Yonbe (retd.).

An unspecified number of civilians were also killed in the attack.

A residence said the bandits also took away the uniforms and the rifles of the slain soldiers whose corpses have been deposited at the Sir Yahaya General Hospital in Birnin Kebbi.

He said the deputy governor was on his way to Kenya village with the Commanding Officer, Zuru Army Barracks to condole the people of the village over the killings of 67 vigilante members who were killed by bandits last Monday.

He added that the deputy governor was attacked in Kenya village around 8pm on Tuesday by bandits who stormed the village on hearing the news that he (the deputy governor) was in the village.

“Immediately the bandits arrived the village, they opened fire on the deputy governor’s convoy and the security personnel attached to him also retaliated,” he said.

He said the bandits, who were in large number, overpowered the deputy governor’s convoy, killing 15 military personnel and a policeman.

However, reports said the deputy governor escaped unhurt but his chief security officer, SP Nafiu Abubakar, was among those who were killed on the spot.

The deputy governor’s chief press secretary, Abdullahi Yalmo, could not be reached for comment as of the time of filing in this report.


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Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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