Bandits burn man alive in Katsina


Suspected bandits have set a motorist ablaze in his car in the Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

According to Shehu Dalhatu Taofiki, the Deputy Speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly, who is a member representing Faskari constituency, the victim was burnt alive on Tuesday in his car.

He told Daily Trust that the incident is one of the four attacks recorded in the area within a week.

The lawmaker said some other persons were killed while others were abducted.

“They attacked Kwakware village where they abducted 17 people, mostly women. The following day, they stopped a driver, killed and burnt him in his car.

“Only yesterday, Tuesday, they killed seven people and abducted five, and the place where the attacks took place was just a short distance from a military checkpoint,” he said.

This is coming two weeks after passengers in Sokoto State were burnt to death.

Meanwhile, aggrieved residents of communities along Funtua-Sheme Road in Katsina state have blocked Funtua-Gusau Road over bandits attack, trapping travellers along the route.

A traveller, Imam Abubakar, said: “We are trapped here; I cannot tell the number of vehicles plying the road that are blocked by the protesters. As we speak with you, we can hear gunshots as police and military men are deployed to the area, but the protesters have blocked the road, burning tyres.”

Sources said that the protest arose from the bandits’ attack on some communities around the Faskari area where they killed seven persons and abducted five women.

“In Kanon Haki village, five persons were killed by the bandits while two persons were killed in Unguwar Alhaji Ibrahim Maiwada,” a source said.

Last week, Governor Bello Masari led some elders to President Muhammadu Buhari over the killings in the state.

The president had assured them that efforts were being made to address the insecurity in the North West and other parts of the country.


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