Unknown gunmen numbering about 150 reportedly stormed Tarana Mahuta and Bagurba villages, Tureta Local Government Area of Sokoto State, and made away with undisclosed number of cows at gunpoint.
Police confirmed the attack and the cow rustling, but they were silent on alleged killings in Tureta.
The confirmation came from the Sokoto Police Command PPRO, ASP Muhammad Abubakar Sadiq, in a two-paragraph statement issued on Tuesday, 24 hours after the attack that took place in the early hours of Monday.
According to the statement, “Unknown gunmen numbering about 150 stormed Tarana Mahuta and Bagurba villages of Tureta local government area, carted away undisclosed number of cows from the villagers at gunpoint.
“The state command has intensified patrols along the axis, and deployed special trailing forces with a view to retrieving all that was made away with.”
Information gathered, however, indicated that the bandits ransacked villages in Tureta, killed the villagers after stealing foodstuffs and cows.