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Gov Dabai debunks reported captivity following bandit attack

The Kebbi State Deputy Governor, Samaila Yombe Dabai, has dismissed rumours that he was held captive by bandits at Kanya village in Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area of the State on Tuesday.

Narrating his ordeal to newsmen at his residence in Bienin Kebbi, Mr Dabai decried the security challenges in the area as well as how a section of the media have been touting misinformation about the crises.

According to the deputy governor, the bandits also have Informants, disguised as law-abiding members of the public, who are revealing to them the movements of troops and vigilante groups, whose “brave mission” is to tackle the menace of insecurity.

Mr Dabai has been regularly in Zuru recently in an effort to partake in military operations that have been launched against banditry in the area.

The deputy governor, accompanied by the Commanding officer 223 light Tank Battalion, Zuru, was returning from a tour of various military formations, with the aim of boosting troop morale, when his entourage was ambushed by bandits at Kanya.

“My presence at the battlefield was always out of passion to see a safer or free environment where communities would farm and do their business activities without hitches,” Mr Dabai said.

He applauded the bravery of the men of the 223 military Battalion and vigilante groups, who, he said, “rapidly respond whenever the need arises”.

The security aide attached to the Deputy Governor, ASP Idris Libata, alongside 18 other military personnel, were killed in Tuesday’s attack.

Mr Dabai prayed for the repose of the souls of his security aid,e military personnel and others who gave their lives in defence of their territory, saying they shall forever be remembered for their bravery.

Reporting by Abdullahi Tukur; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor