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Sokoto Residents Fleeing To Niger Republic Over Bandits Attacks

Residents of Sokoto State are reportedly fleeing the state in droves owing to incessant attacks by bandits, ElombahNews gathered.

The state governor, Aminu Tambuwal confirmed this to newsmen on Friday while pleading with fleeing residents to stay put.

Tambuwal was speaking at the end of an expanded security meeting following attack that led to the killing of 82-year old District Head of Balle, Alhaji Ibrahim Aliyu on Tuesday.

Speaking, Governor Tambuwal enjoined residents of Burunkuma communities and environs to stop relocating to Niger Republic.

He said: “I will personally travel to the place and plead with those who relocated to come back home.”

He also pleaded with members of the communities to abide by President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive on the ban of motorcycles as one of the measures taken to tackle banditry.

The governor said the security meeting was convened to proffer solutions to the unfortunate situation and urged residents to assist security agencies with useful information.

According to an eye witness account, the bandits, , came on six motorcycles, set ablaze the divisional police headquarter in the area, patrol cars and some personal vehicles on fire and released some persons in detention at the station.

They also gunned down an unidentified policeman along Karfen Sarki area before proceeding to the traditional ruler’s palace where they attacked and killed him.

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