Bandits infiltrate the community and kill the Commissioner’s son.
The son of incumbent Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs in Zamfara, DIG Ibrahim Mamman Tsafe (rtd), has been killed.
On Sunday night, bandits attacked Tsafe town, the headquarters of the Tsafe local government area of the state, killing Tsafe’s son and three others, according to Daily Trust.
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Tsafe town, as well as several other communities in the local government, have seen an increase in the number of fatal assaults and kidnappings for ransom in recent months.
A resident and a customs officer were killed in separate attacks on the town two months ago.
Last February, armed men shot and killed a muezzin who was calling for subhi prayer in Magazu, a village 5 kilometres south of Tsafe town.
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Bandits thought to be fleeing military operations in some parts of the states are gradually converting parts of the Tsafe local government into their new safe havens.
Residents told Daily Trust that criminals dressed in military uniforms stormed Shiyar Namada, a neighbourhood near the commissioner’s home, and opened fire on residents.
“Some residents mistook them for security operatives on routine patrol when they first saw them.” Some of them did not even bother to sound the alarm.”
“During iftar, the commissioner’s son and a few others were seated in front of DIG Ibrahim Mamman Tsafe’s house when armed men suddenly appeared and began firing at everyone on sight.”
“Most people were observing Tarawih prayer in several mosques around the area during the attack, and residents had to flee to safety.” Later, the armed men withdrew into the woods. “As I speak with you, I’m at the Waziri’s house, where funeral preparations are underway,” a resident simply identified as Umar said.
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Some residents told our correspondent that the attack could be retaliation for a suspected bandit who was seen on the outskirts of town last Friday being beheaded by Yan Sakai, the local vigilante.
At the time of filing this report, the state police command’s spokesman, SP Muhammad Shehu, could not be reached for comment.
Attempts to get a response from the commissioner were also unsuccessful.