Suspected bandits on Monday night invaded Illo town in Bagudo local government area of Kebbi State.
The bandits, who were armed with sophisticated weapons, came in five motorcycles, and shot sporadically into the air, forcing residents and the local vigilantes to scamper for safety.
Although nobody was injured, many residents of the town fled to the neighbouring communities.
The Bagudo local government area chairman, Alhaji Muhammad Kaura, who confirmed the invasion, said that it occurred at about 11:30 pm on Monday.
Kaura said: “The bandits were first sighted roaming around the area, buying bread, soft drinks and water in the afternoon. But nobody showed any concern to report them to the appropriate authorities.”
He said that the bandits later laid siege on the community, adding that “when our vigilantes and residents countered their moves, they brought out sophisticated machine guns and shot sporadically to scare the people.
“It was then that our people took to their heels and scampered for safety. Nobody was kidnapped, shot or killed in the invasion,” Kaura said.
He therefore called on the residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious character lurking around the area to the security agencies.
Kaura told LEADERSHIP that “the situation has been brought under control as residents have now continued with their normal activities.”
The police public relations officer in the state, Mr. Nafiu Abubakar, said that he would get back to our correspondent when he was contacted on the incident.
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