– Suspected armed bandits have launched a new attack in the northwestern state of Katsina.
– The criminals broke into a mosque while Muslim worshipers were saying a midnight prayer and kidnapping 40 people.
– A resident said the city had been informed of the attack and they were preparing, but the bandits unexpectedly took them by taking one use another entry point.
Armed bandits reportedly kidnapped 40 Muslim worshipers while they were watching Tahajjud, a type of midnight prayer, in a mosque in Jibiya City, Katsina State.
According to the Daily Nigerian, residents of the city broke into the mosque on Monday 10 May at around 2 a.m. and took away the worshipers.
The bandits were found to initially select 47 parishioners, including women and children, but seven later fled and returned.
A resident identified as Lawal Jibiya said , Neighboring villagers had made them aware of the impending attack after seeing the bandits moving towards the town.
He added that hundreds of youth and local vigilante groups were in the City were on alert and ready to face the bandits.
However, the criminals changed their route and entered the city from the western entry point.
Jibiya is supposed to said:
“We expected you from the eastern entry point through Daddara. Kukar Babangida or Magama, but this time they went outside the city and camped in Jibawa.
“They then went from Jibawa to the western entry point near the Yunusa Dantauri Hospital and attacked a mosque on the outskirts of the city. “
According to him, the bandits didn’t fire a single shot until they finished the operation.
In the meantime The Emir of Daura in the state of Katsina, Dr. Umar Faruk Umar, banned Sallah Durbar in the emirate for the upcoming oath due to the increasing uncertainty in the state and in other parts of the country -el-Fitr.
The monarch’s decision not to allow the traditional Sallah procession is contained in a circular addressed to the district leaders of the emirate.