Bandits invade Sokoto community, burn down police station, kill 82-year-old district head


Bandits went on a rampage in Sokoto Tuesday, killing Ibrahim Aliyu, the head of Balle community in Gudu local government area of the state.

The district head was dragged out of his room and shot in the head.

Daily Trust reported that the bandits, who came on six motorcycles towards late afternoon, set the divisional police headquarters in the area, patrol cars and some personal vehicles on fire.

“The whole area was thrown into commotion with people fleeing into the nearby bush for safety including my wives and children,” a witness narrated.

Explaining how the district head was murdered, another eyewitness said the attackers, “scaled through the fence of the house because it was locked, dragged the district head, who was at the time resting in his room, outside and shot him dead.”

“I met him (Aliyu) lying in the pool of his blood, reciting Kalmat before he finally died.”

“It is like they came with a mission to attack the station and kill the district head and we are suspecting they were led by an insider who is conversant with the area because this is the first time we experienced such an attack,” he said.

Normalcy has been restored in the area by the combined security forces that arrived in the night while the deceased was buried in accordance with the Islamic rites.

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