~ Bandits Attack Security Checkpoint In Katsina State ~
Some armed bandits have burnt down vehicles after attacking a security checkpoint at Mil Takwas (Mile 8) in Daddara district, Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.
According to Daily Trust, the gunmen numbering over 50 stormed the checkpoint around 12:pm on Sunday, May 30, and razed two operational vehicles and one private car.
The bandits came from Bugaje area but a motorcycle rider alerted the security personnel at the checkpoint about the movement of the bandits.
He said some soldiers were there about 30 minutes earlier but left for Jibia on receiving a report that other attackers were heading for the town from Tsambe village area.
“The movement of the bandits from Bugaje was known so some soldiers were there to repel them. However, the soldiers received another report that some bandits, riding on over 50 motorcycles were heading towards Jibia from Tsambe area, so they left to stop that attack,” the source told Daily Trust.
“About 30 minutes later, a motorcyclist told those security agents at the checkpoint that he sighted the bandits coming, and unfortunately very few of them have guns, so they left the place, and the bandits attacked and set three vehicles on fire,” the source said.
Another source said the security agents at the checkpoint exchanged gunfire with the bandits before the eventually retreated, salvaging what they could and abandoned the two vehicles which were set ablaze.
The Customs Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Isah Danbaba, confirmed the incident.
“Yes, there was an attack; from the report we received, two operational vehicles and one private car belonging to an officer were set ablaze by the attackers,” Danbaba stated.
“One of the vehicles belong to the customs while the other belongs to the Nigerian Immigration Service. As we speak with you, we are on our way to the site for on the spot assessment,” he said.
He added that there was no one killed or injured during the invasion.