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Insecurity: Bandits ambush, kill traditional ruler in Zamfara

Armed bandits have killed the district head of Yankuzo, Alhaji Hamza Abdullahi Kogo of Tsafe Emirate in Zamfara State.

According to reports, the district head was attacked by the bandits on his way back to his community from an official engagement last Friday, December 9, 2022, around 8 pm

Sources from the area said the monarch was shot and wounded in an attempt to abduct him

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He was rushed to the Federal Medical Center in Gusau, the state capital where he later died on Saturday night.

Yankuzo is the hometown of the notorious bandit kingpin, Ado Aleru who was conferred with Traditional title in Yandoton Daji Emirate in July this year.

Many residents of Yankuzo community said the community has never witnessed bandits’ attack since the inception of banditry within the state.

Police authorities in the state are yet to comment on the latest incident.

In a related development, the corpse of a young woman found around a car wash in the Farin Gada area of Jos North local government area of Plateau State sparked fresh tension in the area on Sunday morning setting residents on edge.

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It was gathered from some yet-to-be-confirmed sources on social media platforms that “The corpse of a young girl identified as Ruth was discovered this morning at a car wash after Hariz Filing station near Farin Gada bridge in Jos. The lady’s underwear was hanging on her legs an indication that she was raped. Her legs were dusty, an indication that there was a struggle, or probably, she was raped somewhere and her corpse dumped there. She was also stabbed.

“Ruth who lives in the Zaruma area, reports say got work in Rayfield about a week ago and it was when she closed in the evening that she met her untimely death in the hands of these unscrupulous elements. She was found with machete cuts on the body at the car wash.”

An eye witness who declined to be named said that “tension mounted in the area as residents and students staged a protest against the killing of the lady but the protesters were resisted by security agents so that the situation does not escalate to crisis. It was alleged that the victim disagreed with her yet-to-be-identified boyfriend who is suspected to be a member of a cult group, he probably might have killed her and dumped the corpse, and hoodlums almost took advantage of the protest to attack people before security agents intervened.”

However, the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Alfred Alabo confirmed the incident but gave no details saying, “the incident is under investigation but I am yet to full details. Once I get the signal, I will let you have the information.”

At the time of this report, the corpse had been evacuated and calm has returned but citizens are discussing the incident as information keeps spreading in the city.

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