Nigeria mass slaughter: 45 killed as armed gang raid village burning homes

  • Nigeria mass slaughter: 45 killed as armed gang raid village burning homes

Nigeria mass slaughter: 45 killed as armed gang raid village burning homes

At least 45 people were killed when armed bandits attacked a remote village in northwest Nigeria, officials said.

The attackers were said to have also burnt down about 3,000 inhabitants in the village and survivors mostly women were taking refuge at Doka district in the area.

Concise News understands that the Gwaska community was invaded by the bandits who allegedly came from neighbouring Zamfara Saturday night.

In a statement issued by Samuel Aruwan, spokesperson to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, the government said it is concerned by the incessant banditry attacks and has been engaging with the federal government on the matter.

Eyewitness disclosed that the bandits stormed the village around 2:30 pm, and started shooting at the villagers thereby killing 27 people including children.

According to Birnin-Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance, about 45 dead bodies were evacuated by courageous vigilantes and volunteers, numbering 500, with assistance of a handful soldiers on Sunday afternoon. They attacked and killed many people, mostly children.

To contain the situation, Mr El-Rufai said the military will station a permanent army battalion in Birnin-Gwari.

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mukhtar Aliyu did not answer calls to his phone at the time of filing this report. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a permanent battalion of the Nigerian Army in the Birnin Gwari general area.

A police spokesman also confirmed the incident, but did not confirm the death toll.

Naija News understands that he ordered the State Emergency Management Agency to make relief materials with immediate effect to the affected communities.