In a new wave of insecurity in Bauchi State, unknown gunmen suspected to be harbouring Lame-Burra Forest Reserve have attacked Yadagungume and Limi communities of Ningi local government area, killing three residents in the process of the bout.
The gunmen in their numbers struck the communities late night on Tuesday. They killed two of their victims in Limi and one in Yadagungume after they attempted to kidnap him.
Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, Police Public Relations Officer Bauchi State Command identified the victims of the attacks to include one Shu;aibu Sani, 25, Ruwa Ali, 35 and Shu’aibu Bala, 26.
He said one Yusuf Sani, a 30-year-old resident of Yadagungume was found with bullet wounds after the attackers withdrew. He was taken to Ningi General Hospital for medical attention.
The PPRO said that 13 empty shells of Ak-47 rifles were discovered at the scene of the attack.
The Lame-Burra Forest was suspected to be hosting fleeing bandits from front line states of Northwestern Nigeria thereby raising concerns for security of lives and property of the people living around the forest.
WikkiTimes recalls that about three months ago, Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir raised an alarm over a suspicious Helicopter flying over the vast forest. The identity and purpose of the Helicopter has not been made a subject in the public.
The kidnapping industry is on a steady unabated growth in Bauchi. For instance, in July 2021, some unknown gunmen killed Alhaji Tasi’u Abdukareem, a 40-year-old entrepreneur in Tilden-Fulani community of Toro local government. In a similar trend, in September 2021 gunmen abducted Mrs Kafayat Odedoyin, a 40-year-old nursing mother in Birshin-Fulani and in February this year, unidentified gunmen kidnapped one Hajiya Khadija Ardo, 40 and her baby in Boi Community of Bogoro local government.