Eight feared dead as vigilantes avenge leader’s assassination in Sokoto

Eight Fulanis have been reportedly killed by Yan Sakai in Gada Local Government Area of ​​Sokoto State following the killing of their leader by a suspected bandit last Thursday.

Several Fulani settlements were also razed.

The leader, identified as Alhaji Dahiru Gidan Hashimu, was said to have been killed by the suspect at the Kasuwan Kara (cattle market) in the area.

An eyewitness, Mustapha Gada, said the leader intercepted the suspect while he was on his way to the local cattle market with his tribesmen.

However, the suspect resisted arrest and brought a knife and stabbed the vigilante leader, leading to his death.

“When news of his death reached his colleagues, they mobilized and stormed the market, killing every Fulani man they saw.

“We counted about eight bodies of Fulanis who were later deposited at the mortuary.

“It was the quick intervention of security operatives that saved the situation as about 100 Yan Sakai wanted to set up the police station where some Fulanis were on fire.

“Soldiers surrounded the police station and dispersed them. However, the vigilantes have razed all Fulanis settlements in the area,” our sources said

Police Command spokesman ASP Ahmed Rufa’i confirmed the incident and said six people were killed during the incident.

“We are still investigating to unravel the remote cause of the problems and engage the people behind them,” he said.

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