Insecurity: Gunmen kill 4, abduct Katsina Deputy Speaker’s sister
Gunmen have attacked the residence of the deputy speaker, Katsina state House of Assembly, Hon. Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki, at Faskari and Dandume Local Government Areas of the state, killing four people and abducting the deputy speaker’s sister who is about to wed in a few weeks’ time.
According to an eyewitness, the bandits attacked the community Sunday night and started shooting sporadically, killing two people instantly and injuring scores of residents at Mahuta community in Dandume council.
At Faksari in the Tafoki community, a shootout between the gunmen and vigilante personnel led to the death of two bandits, with several others sustaining injuries on both sides.
The Tafoki incident, according to sources, occurred when bandits stormed the community with the aim of abducting the father to the Deputy Speaker, Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki.
“The lawmaker’s father, Dalhatu Tafoki, is the head of the community, and the bandits stormed the area with the aim of abducting him,” a source said.
“But they were unable to do so as they were repelled by some residents and members of the vigilante group.
“Two of the bandits were killed but they were able to escape with two of the lawmaker’s sisters, but one of them later escaped.”
The deputy speaker, who confirmed the incident, said his abducted sister Asma’u Dalhatu is about to get married in the coming weeks.
“Yes, it is true that my younger sister, Asma’u Dalhatu, was abducted by bandits in the early hours of Sunday.
“They stormed the town around 1 am and headed straight to the village head’s residence, which is our family house and kidnapped two of our sisters.
“On their way to the forest, they encountered some members of the vigilante group and exchanged gunfire. In the process, one of the girls escaped and returned home, but the other could not run away, so they went away with her,” he said.
Katsina Insecurity has been growing in recent times, also in a related development, gunmen have abducted four children of the administrative head of the Funtua council area, Alhaji Hamza Umar.
It is not clear if the kidnappers have called to demand ransom, even as security personnel and vigilantes were said to be making efforts at locating the victims and their abductors.
Katsina State police command spokesperson, SP Gambo Isah has not yet commented on the incident.