By; SULAIMAN AHMED MISAU, Katsina
Katsina State Police Command has confirmed an attack in Sayaya village of Matazu Local Government Area by armed bandits where Five People died and many kidnapped.
The State Commissioner of Police confirmed the attack in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, ASP Abubakar Sadiq to newsmen in Katsina.
According to him, on the early hours of Monday November 6, the armed bandits in their numbers, carrying dangerous weapons such as AK-forty-seven rifles and shooting sporadically, attacked the village.
He said that the police operatives were immediately mobilized to the scene and engaged the bandits in a gun duel that led to the success of repelling the attack.
The Police Commissioner also said that five people were shot dead, two injured and five people kidnapped by the assailants.
He however, added that the injured ones were rushed to the hospital for immediate medical attention.
The Commissioner of Police extended condolences to the families of those affected by the attack.
He urged members of the public with vital information that would help the investigation, to come forward and assist the investigation as efforts are being intensified to ensure the unhurt rescue of the kidnapped victims and the arrest of the perpetrators of the act.
In the meantime Katsina State Government has reaffirmed commitment to support security organizations in the fight against security challenges in the state.
Governor Dikko Umar Radda stated this when he received the participants of the 96 Junior Division of the Armed Forces Command Staff College Jaji led by the Director of the Department of the land warfare Brigadier general Oluremi Obolo on a courtesy call.
The governor said the recent formation of the community security watch corp was part of effort to support security personnel in the fight against the security challenges in the state.
He emphasized that the State Government is aware of the of the security challenges in all the regions of the country saying the demands on the military is too high.
The governor however, appreciated the military particularly the seventeen brigade for their up and doing in responding to all issues relating to security.
Earlier, the leader of the team Brigadier General Oluremi Obolo said the junior division course attracted participants from Nigeria and some African countries including Burkina Faso, Chad, Liberia and Togo among others.
He said the participants were in the state to assess the operations of the 17 Brigade Katsina after the theoretical aspect of the course.
He said all the participants would write their reports on return to the college.