Bandits have reportedly killed at least seven Mobile Police officers during an ambush on a patrol team of security agents on the Magami-Gusau road in Zamfara State.
According to a source in the area, Yusuf Aminu, the officers were ambushed after they left Gusau for Magami on patrol duty.
Yusuf said, “There is no telecommunications service in the area so the officers went there to patrol the area but unfortunately, they ran into an ambush by the bandits. They could not send an SOS to their unit for reinforcement due to lack of network. The bandits opened fire on the official vehicle conveying the mobile policemen.”
He said that six of the officers were killed with bullets while their driver was burnt to death in the vehicle.
He added that, “It was one of the villagers who saw the burning vehicle and raised an alarm. People from Magami helped convey the corpses on vehicles to the town hospital but they were already dead then.”
The corpses were deposited at the Ahmed Sani Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital in Gusau.
Banditry has persisted in the state despite shutting down all mobile telecommunications, ban of weekly markets and restriction of the sale of petrol- measures by the state government to check insecurity in Zamfara state.