The deputy governor of Kebbi State, Samaila Yombe, Tuesday evening in Birnin Kebbi, dovetailed what he experienced when he was attacked by non- state actors while on tour to “encourage security agents” fighting insecurity in some parts of the state.
TOS NEWS reported how the deputy governor narrowly escaped death when bandits attacked him in Kanya in Danko Wasagu Local Government Area of the state.
Addressing newsmen, Yombe described what happened in Kanya, Danko Wasagu Local Government Area of the state as a ‘serious battle’.
“Yesterday in Kanya, a very serious battle took place. What happened was that the bandits mixed up with the people of Kanya in such a way that it was difficult for you to say let us fight these people because the collateral damage would have been great.
“So, I advised the (Army) Commanding Officer (who was part of the convoy) that we should pull out of the town so that the bandits could follow. We did that but in the process, as you know in a battle situation, there is bound to be casualties. The bandits were vulnerable; we were also vulnerable and both sides recorded casualties. They had more casualties than we did,” he said.
The deputy governor hailed army officers stationed in Zuru for what he called their “bravery” in dealing with the bandits.
Yombe who explained that the bandits got the upper hand because they mixed up with residents, also said that the soldiers did their best because the bandits recorded more casualties.
“You know they (bandits) don’t leave their dead behind, if they must leave they set them ablaze. I saw one or two of the bandits sprinkling fuel on the dead bodies of their colleagues and set them on fire. Security agents even picked one or two of them but they came and recovered their corpses,” he said.
Yombe who revealed that the bandits came with sophisticated weapons added that, “The bandits could be 150 to 200 but the unit (of soldiers) was of 30 to 32 officers. They did their best and they were only escorting their Commanding Officer who was with me. I commend their professionalism because I saw what I saw. Little as they were, they did a good job of confronting bandits as three times the soldiers. They (bandits) were all equipped with AKPs and heavier weapons than AK-47s. If not because of the terrain, the number of our casualties would not have reached that.”
According to him, he was in Kanya as part of the state government’s efforts to support security agents and sympathise with residents who have been attacked.
“The governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, promised to secure lives and properties of the people. A lot has happened. We have been able to supply necessary logistics to security agents to be able to carry out their job. In the process, I had to go and see. You know what we call military battlefield tour to see how they are executing the mission and what are the logistics problems so that I could brief His Excellency for us to meet up with the demands.
“I had done so in Diri, Sakaba local government area where, unfortunately, Yan Sakai were killed by the bandits,” he said.