No fewer than 25 persons were reportedly ambushed and killed by suspected cattle rustlers in Isa Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
Confirming the incident yesterday, the member representing Isa constituency in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Habibu Halilu Modaci, said those killed were victims of the lingering insecurity in the area.
He said the problem was compounded by the flood that has cut-off the people from other areas including the state capital Sokoto because the only road linking the area to other places is over flooded.
According to him, more than nine villages are affected, while about 4,000 livestock belonging to villagers were carted away by the cattle rustlers. Further, he said that some houses were also torched, as the majority of the victims fled the area for safety, when the cattle rustlers started shooting randomly.
He said, “Sokoto is less peculiar in terms of prevalence cases of cattle rustling, but this time around we are experiencing similar cases as are Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger States.
“We in the said part of Sokoto State have never thought that the activities of cattle rustlers would affect our villages”, he said.
He commended the Governor Aminu Waziri for setting up a committee to visit the area adding that the committee has begun working hard to address the situation.
Mofaci used the opportunity to praise the governor for taking steps to address the problem and lauded him for appointing credible persons to serve in his government.
The member, who is also presently Chairman House Committee on Local Government, said the people of Sokoto should also remain patient and support the government’s quest to improve their wellbeing through good governance even as he lauded the Commissioner of police, military and DSS for their effort in bring calm to Isa.
No arrest has been made so far, according to the PPRO of the Sokoto State Police Command, DSP Alomstapha Sani.
However, he said the Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Salisu Fage has deployed a team of mobile police to area to forestall future occurrence.


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