At least 41 individuals had been killed when gunmen clashed with a vigilante group in Nigeria’s northern Katsina state, the house state of President Muhammadu Buhari, a police spokesperson mentioned on Friday, February 3, 2023, the most recent violence forward of a presidential vote.
Insecurity has change into widespread and a significant concern for voters forward of a Feb. 25 election to decide on new members of Parliament and a successor to Buhari, a former navy ruler who got here to energy eight years in the past promising to finish insecurity.
Katsina state police spokesperson Gambo Isah mentioned an armed gang, identified domestically as bandits, attacked a village in Katsina’s Bakori native authorities space, rustled cattle and sheep and fled into the bush.
Isah mentioned a neighborhood vigilante group mobilised and pursued the gunmen which led to the conflict on Thursday.
Two safety sources put the loss of life toll at 50 and mentioned the corpses had been solely recovered on Friday within the bush and together with these injured, had been taken to Kankara hospital within the state.
“A joint security operations is currently ongoing with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book,” Isah mentioned.
Katsina is without doubt one of the northern states hardest hit by armed gangs who assault and kidnap individuals from villages and highways in distant components of the area the place safety forces are stretched.
Katsina particular adviser on safety Ibrahim Ahmed mentioned communities had been discouraged to take the regulation into their arms as it will result in lethal penalties.