The gruesome killing of 19 people in the Katsina community by armed bandits on Tuesday reportedly ended with a night party. It was reported earlier that bandits attacked Tsauwa village in Batsari Local Government Area of the state last night shooting sporadically. According to reports, the assailants that stormed the village are more than 200 riding on motorcycles. Residents who disclosed the detail of the event said the bandits were most likely on a revenge mission after security agencies foiled a previous attack on the community and killed three of them last Friday.
The bandits, sources said eventually succeeded in throwing the area into commotion; when they set the community on fire and killed at least 19 persons. Some of the residents scampered to the neighbouring community for refuge; as the bandits continued in their victory party throughout the early hours of the day; thereby refusing the people to bury their dead.
Another source who pleaded to remain anonymous told reporters that the combined team of the frontline security agencies; manning the Batsari axis could not match the number and fighting prowess of the notorious bandits; who turned out in hundreds. Hence they retreated and called for reinforcement from the state headquarters.
It took the intervention of the combined team of army and police team; mobilized to the scene from the state capital before the bandits finally retreated to their hideouts.
“They (bandits) were more than 200 on bikes. They were playing music around 11 amand throughout the night.
“The military went, they couldn’t face them. The Police too went and retreated since they don’t have enough tools and fighting power to match them.
“Finally, they have to mobilize for reinforcement from the military and police from the state headquarters. the police Commissioner himself had to come down before they finally ran back to their hideouts in the forest,” the source revealed.
Similarly, last Friday, in one of the villages in Batsari LGA, the notorious bandits allegedly attacked census enumerators who were going around the villages in the company of security agencies; to enumerate people in the ongoing census pretest exercise and attempted to abduct the enumerators; but the security agencies managed to resist them successfully.
However, the bandits allegedly succeeded in burning down vehicles belonging to the enumerators; and a new police Hilux in which the security agencies accompanied the enumerators. The source equally revealed.
Reacting to the development, the state House of Assembly member, representing Batsari Constituency, Hon. Jabiru Yusuf Yau-you said many people were killed by the cruel bandits and that the state Police Commissioner and other security chiefs were on the ground to see things for themselves.