The Sokoto State Police Command has received information that a large number of armed bandits stormed Gangara village on motorbikes, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Command, ASP Muhammad A. Sadiq, disclosed this in a press statement.
The statement stated that upon receipt of information, a joint operation by Operation Puff Adder and Military patrol teams were drafted to the scene, and the bandits made attempt to ambush the response team but were unsuccessful, due to strategic response of the team to the laid ambush.
According to the statement, after a fierce gun battle, the bandits retreated and escaped into the forest with gunshot injuries while one was shot dead.
He said unfortunately, 22 bodies were discovered to have been victims of sporadic shooting by bandits on arrival to the Village.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Sani Ka’oje had since directed an investigation into the matter.
While commiserating with the families of the deceased, people and government of Sokoto, the Commissioner of Police vowed to bring perpetrators of the dastardly act to book.
The police commissioner, however, solicits for stronger community partnership in policing the state.