Sokoto Police Arrest Two Suspects in Deadly Gada Market Clash

Deadly clash between vigilantes and bandits in Sokoto leaves 6 dead, 2 suspects arrested. Police vow to apprehend all involved and ensure public safety.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Sokoto Police Arrest Two Suspects in Deadly Gada Market Clash

Sokoto Police Arrest Two Suspects in Deadly Gada Market Clash

The Sokoto State Police Command has arrested two suspects in connection with a recent clash between bandits and vigilantes in the Gada Local Government Area of the state that left six people dead. The incident occurred following an attempt by a vigilante leader to apprehend a notorious cattle rustler at the Gada market.

According to Police Public Relations Officer ASP Ahmed Rufai, the clash started when a village vigilante leader from Gidan Hashimu tried to arrest and question a well-known cattle rustler who was seen loitering around the market. The move was resisted by a Fulani group, leading to a violent confrontation.

Sources say the vigilantes were avenging the killing of their leader, Alhaji Dahiru, by a suspected bandit. The ensuing clash resulted in the deaths of six people, with others sustaining bullet wounds. Tension remains high in Gada town as the suspected Fulani bandits have vowed to attack in retaliation for the killings of their members.

The two suspects arrested on Sunday morning were found in possession of a Dane gun and three cows. They are from a village in the Goronyo Local Government Area and have confessed to the crime. "The suspects have promised to provide more information about the fleeing suspects, which the police hope will lead to their arrest and prosecution," Rufai stated.

Why this matters: The deadly clash highlights the ongoing security challenges in Sokoto State and the wider region, where conflicts between vigilante groups and bandits have escalated in recent years. The incident underscores the need for improved security measures and dialogue to prevent further violence and loss of life.

A local legislator confirmed the incident, stating that people are still counting the casualties and consoling the families of the victims. The Sokoto State Police Command has assured the public that they are working diligently to apprehend all those involved in the clash and bring them to justice. "We will not relent in our efforts to ensure the safety and security of our citizens," Rufai said.

Key Takeaways

  • 2 suspects arrested over clash between bandits, vigilantes in Sokoto
  • Clash started when vigilante leader tried to arrest notorious cattle rustler
  • 6 people killed, others injured in the ensuing violent confrontation
  • Suspects found with Dane gun, 3 cows, promised to provide more information
  • Incident highlights security challenges, need for improved measures in Sokoto