It is black Sunday evening in Sokoto state as bandits reportedly gunned down at least 30 people and maimed many others during an attack on a weekly market in Goronyo local government area of the state.
PREMIUM TIMES report that the bandits circled the market and started shooting sporadically as they pressed in on people attending the popular market in Goronyo, headquarters of the LGA.
This happened barely 12 days after bandits had killed dozens of people in a similar attack on Unguwar Lalle market in Sabon Birni local government area of the state.
Goronyo, Isa, Sabon Birni and Raba are local government areas in Sokoto State in the frontline of banditry.
To stem the tide of attacks, the state government cut off mobile telecommunications networks and banned the sale of animals in markets in the areas.
A human rights activist in the state, Basharu Guyawa, said the bandits raided the market with a force of about 200 men.
“What we learnt is that over 150 to 200 of them (bandits) on motorcycles rode through the Gundumi forest to Goronyo town. They went straight into the market and started shooting sporadically. They were not selective in their shooting; they obviously came to kill,” Mr Guyawa, the Coordinator of Rundunar Adalci, said.
But Mr Guyawa said nobody could ascertain the number of those killed in attack that locals said lasted for several hours.
“The attack was horrendous,” Mr Guyawa said, in Hausa.
Bashir Adamu, a retired civil servant from Sabon Birni, said Sunday was a black day for the people of the area.
“It was a black Sunday for us. Over 30 people were killed while more than 20 were seriously wounded,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sokoto state Government under leadership of Governor Tambuwal acknowledge that about thirty people are feared dead as a result of bandits attack on Goronyo township, the headquarters of Goronyo local government area in Sokoto state.
Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal disclosed this few hours after the incident when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya paid him a courtesy visit today.
“Between last night, yesterday evening till this morning, we were greeted with a very dastardly attack in Goronyo local government, particularly Goronyo township, where scores and tens have lost their lives and still counting. We’re not sure of the figure. But it is 30 something,” the Governor explained.
Praying for the success of the army over criminals, Gov. Tambuwal noted that the army chief “have come at a very trying moment for the army and the Nigerian nation. We’re faced and bedeviled by many security challenges in our own area here, particularly banditry, kidnapping and other associated crimes.”
He appealed for synergy between the army and other security operatives in the state while requesting for the presence of more forces in the state and the deployment of more resources.
He pledged that his administration shall continue to support the army and other security operatives.