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Kebbi state Deputy Governor narrates ordeal with bandits attack



Kebbi State Deputy Governor, Sama’ila Yombe Dabai, was attacked by armed bandits on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 in Kanya, Waje District of Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area of the State. He narrated his ordeal, revealing that many were killed and injured by the bandits.

The Deputy governor, recounting his ordeal, he said, “The bandits mixed up with the inhabitants of Kanya in such a way that it is difficult to differentiate and fight them. So, I advised my security team that we pull them out of the community so that we could pull them along and separate them from the inhabitants.

“The bandits were equipped with PSA AK-P and much heavier calibre weapons than AK-47. Despite this, the soldiers stoop up and matched them. I doff my cap for the soldiers at Zuru Battalion who were few compared to the number of the terrorists.

“From the gunshots, you will assume they were 200 or 250 terrorists. And the soldiers were a unit of about 30 troops, escorting the commanding officer.”

The Senior Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor on New Media, Atom Turba noted that the bandits had attacked when the deputy governor was in the company of their Commanding officer of 223 Battalion, Zuru, who was returning from a visit to various military formations.

The deputy governor commended the brave efforts of the 223 Battalion and vigilante groups in warding off the sudden attack, which could have unleashed graver harm if not for their intervention, even though he did not reveal the figures of the victim.

Atom Turba, in a statement on Wednesday night, said the security aide attached to the Deputy Governor, ASP Idris Libata, alongside 18 other military personnel, were killed during the attack.