18th September, 2021
Residents of some communities in the Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State have raised an alarm over the influx of bandits.
The residents, according to a report by Daily Trust, said the fleeing bandits who have been moving to the area in droves were possibly dislodged from Zamfara State by the Nigerian military.
A resident of Pawwa village, who was in Katsina on Friday, said that the bandits had already mounted a roadblock where they conducted a stop-and-search on commuters plying the Kankara-Zango road.
“Their main concerns now are food and fuel. They have some Jerry cans where they collect fuel from motorists and whatever foodstuff they see, they collect it.
“About two days ago, they ambushed two pick-up trucks loaded with foodstuffs and carted all the grains away,” the resident who pleaded anonymity said.
Another resident, who corroborated the allegation, said, “We want to draw the attention of the relevant authorities, particularly the security agencies to the imminent danger that we are facing.
“There were already bandits operating freely in our area, but our fear now is the rate at which they are increasing, and we suspect that they are those fleeing from the military attacks in Zamfara,” he said.
Daily Trust reports that the routes in question are the ones through which the Kankara school attackers passed and abducted over 344 students in December.