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Lawmakers demand proactive measures over Katsina killings

A member of the House of Representatives from Katsina State, Alhaji Abbas Machika, on Thursday called for urgent government intervention to curtail incessant killings in parts of the state.

Machika (APC-Katsina) who represents Faskari/Sabuwa/Kankara Federal Constituency, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Faskari, Katsina State, shortly after his constituents were attacked by gunmen.

He described the bandits as killers and not armed robbers who attacked innocent people for unknown reasons.

He said based on reports that reached him on Thursday, 52 persons were killed at Maigora; seven at Unguwar Rimi and another seven at Sabon layin Galadima.

The lawmaker said the figures were of those that were buried on Thursday, while families of the victims were still recovering dead bodies and searching for missing ones in the bush.

He said relevant authorities had been contacted over the attacks which he noted, had become a daily occurrence since 2013.

On his part, a member of the Katsina State House of Assembly, Alhaji Dalhatu Tafoki (APC-Katsina), also condemned the persistent attacks on innocent people.

Tafoki, who represents Faskari Local Government in the assembly,urged government to take urgent measures to secure the lives and property of all Nigerians.

NAN reports that a gang of bandits numbering about 90 using 30 motorcycles raided and killed dozens of people at Kurar Mota, Maigora, Sabonlayin Galadima, Unguwar Rimi and Marabar Kindo villages in Faskari and Sabuwa local government areas, respectively.

The multiple attacks occurred on March 11 and March 12 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

An eye witness, who pleaded anonymity, also told NAN that 17 people were killed on the first day of the attack on Tuesday, saying that the hoodlums shot people indiscriminately in the affected communities.

The source said among the dead persons in Kurar-Mota village were the ward head, Malam Maiunguwa Bawa, Malam Nuhu Haruna and Magaji Musa of Marabar Kindo.

He said that the attackers returned on Wednesday and killed more people.

NAN also learnt that some of the people that reported missing after the attack include; Yahaya Sarki, Hamza Sarki, Alhassan Nalami and Isa Babial.

Dozens of people, including women and children, had fled their homes for fear of more attacks.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Katsina State Command, Mr Aminu Sadiq, confirmed the attack, but said that only five people died during the incident.

Also reacting to the development, the Director, Katsina State Rehabilitation and Emergency Relief Agency, Alhaji Hassan Rawayau, told NAN in Faskari that the victims would be assisted with relief materials.

Meanwhile, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Faskari Local Government, Mr Muhammad Gwarzo, has been stabbed and injured on his legs during a separate incident at Munhaye village on March 11.

Gwarzo sustained the injury when he led a team of policemen to repel and arrest the attackers of the village following a report that some people had killed a herdsman.

The injured DPO was hospitalised at Funtua General Hospital and later transferred to Kano for further medical attention.

NAN recalls that increased incidents of robbery, cattle rustling, rape and abduction of women have displaced many people in various communities in Faskari and Sabuwa local government areas of the state.

The displaced communities include; Unguwar Tuje, Unguwar Kaka, Unguwar Tudu, Maiwalki, Hayin Goma, Dukku, Kunwa and Unguwar Doka. (NAN)

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