The Kebbi State Deputy Governor, Samaila Yombe, has narrowly escaped death, as bandits allegedly launched attack on his convoy, killing19 security agents in the entourage in Kanya in Dangu Wasagu Local Government Area of the state.
Penpushing reports that, the incident occurred when the Deputy Governor was on a visit to areas in the state affected by banditry, just as multiple sources said the bandits had targeted the Deputy Governor.
The Deputy Governor who is from Dabai in Zuru Local Government Area was quoted to have affirmed that he was at the village when the bandits struck, while in the same vein a native of Danko Wasagu, Labaran Magaji said the bandits stormed Kanya around 5 p.m.
“They (bandits) overpowered the security agents present because they fought from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The deputy governor was miraculously saved while his security details were trying to repel the attack. If not because of the soldiers that came, the bandits would have overrun the village and killed the deputy governor,” he said.
Penpushing further reports that, Magaji said after the bandits left, more soldiers arrived to chase them while others evacuated the dead security agents, adding that, 13 soldiers and six police officers attached to the Deputy Governor’s convoy were killed.
The local source from another quarters identified as Ahmed Umar said the Deputy Governor was at Kanya to sympathise with people of the area over recent bandits’ attacks, adding that, some youths had on Monday protested the incessant attacks in the areas.
“Some youth protested on Monday over the incessant bandits’ attacks that are recently becoming too much. All the youth in the four areas under Zuru emirate were angry, so Samaila (Mr Yombe) was asked by the governor to reach out to the locals. It is obvious that the bandits heard he was coming and decided to attack him while he was in the village,” he said.
Penpushing also reports that, as at the time of filing this report, the Kebbi State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Nafiu Abubakar was yet to react or issue any official statement on the sad development.
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