19 traders including two brothers killed as bandits attack Sokoto market
Bandits killed at least 19 traders after attacking a weekly market at Unguwan Lalle in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
It was gathered that the attackers stormed the market at about 3pm, on Friday, October 8, shortly after all the traders had returned from the Juma’at congregational prayers.
Two brothers, Shafiu and Muhammau, who trade in hide and skin were among those killed and several others injured, majority of whom are currently receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Sabon Birni.
Unguwan Lalle market is said to be among the popular markets in the eastern part of Sokoto state and is being patronised by traders from different parts of the state, Zamfara, Kebbi and neighbouring Niger Republic.
According to Daily Trust, a resident confirmed the death of the brothers said; “The two brothers came to the market from the city. We just buried them at Tudun Wada cemetery in Sokoto South local government area,” the source said.
“They (bandits) came around 3pm, surrounded the market and started shooting sporadically. I counted about 19 bodies and many were still unaccounted for,” it said
A member representing Sabon Birni North, Aminu Almustapha Gobir, who confirmed the incident said the whole Sabon Birni was in a mourning state over the attack.
“Sabon Birni is under siege, this is what I have been telling you people and the government is not happy about it,” he said.
Gobir, who witnessed the burial of the two brothers, noted that traders from different places were killed by the attackers.
However, the state government has blamed the traders for the attack because all rural markets in the eastern part of the state were banned as part of measures to curtail banditry.
The Commissioner for Carriers and Security Matters, Colonel Garba Moyi (rtd), stated this in an interview with our reporter.
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