By Abdullahi Tukur
At least 21 suspected bandits have been killed by security agencies in collaboration with vigilantes and the locals in Danko Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi.
Speaking to Radio Nigeria in a telephone, the Council Chairman, Alhaji Hussani Aliyu-Bena disclosed that Danko Wasagu is sharing boarder with Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State where the bandits get access to Kebbi State.
According to him, the incident started on Monday through Tuesday up to Wednesday, adding that the bandits came through Mariga into Tudun Bichi under Wasagu but a credible intelligence kept the security agencies, vigilante group and locals on alert which led to a successful ambush.
He said the locals in collaboration with vigilante killed 17 suspected bandits recovered arms, ammunations and motorcycles, while two locals were killed.
The Council Chairman stated that, the bandits also moved to Tangaran village and abducted nine farmers working on their farmlands but were later rescued by combined efforts of security agencies, vigilantee and locals at Lugga village.
The chairman said a careful watch on the movement of the bandits also resulted in another encounter at Bakin Gulbi village where the combined team killed four bandits, recovered weapons and rescued three kidnapped persons, assuring that the bandits movement was being monitored for further action.
While commending the gallant efforts of security agencies, vigilantees and locals, Aliyu-Bena appealed to people for more support and cooperation towards providing credible intelligence to effectively flush out criminals out of their areas.
The Chairman however, pleaded for more deployment of military personnel at Malekachi village which remained a transit route for the bandits as well as Dankade village.
He revealed that, the council had communicated with the Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs on how to assist the affected victims with palliatives to cushion the effects of the ugly development.