The Sokoto State Police Commissioner, Kamaludeen Okunola, has confirmed that 23 people have been killed in an attack on travellers in Angwan Bawa, Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
He confirmed the figure shortly after briefing Governor Aminu Tambuwal on Wednesday during an emergency security meeting.
According to the CP, security forces have been deployed to the area in order to apprehend the perpetrators and prevent a recurrence.
Earlier, Sanusi Abubakar, spokesman for the Sokoto Police Command, stated that the truck was carrying thirty passengers, nine of whom survived while the remainder were burned beyond recognition.
According to villagers’ accounts, the truck transporting the passengers, whom they said were migrant traders on their way to the Kaduna village market in Gadan Gayan, was fired at before the suspected bandits set the vehicle and its occupants on fire.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has expressed sadness over the incident.
“I am deeply saddened at the manner of death imposed on these innocent persons who were undertaking a legitimate journey to another part of the country, he had said in a statement on Wednesday.
He said the incident demonstrates that “the evil that this administration is battling demands the support and participation of all Nigerians.”
He condoled families of the victims’ adding that security authorities would continue to do all possible to put an end to the insecurities.
Writing by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Tina Oyinsan