Bandits operating between Sokoto and Zamfara states have taken responsibility for the attack on Goronyo Market in Sokoto State, where over 40 villagers were killed, describing it as a reprisal, Daily Trust reported.
LIB had reported that bandits stormed the market last Sunday and opened fire on buyers and sellers leading to the death of 43 people. However, the death toll has since risen to 49.
One of the kingpins, Shehu Rekeb, who is close to both Kachallah Turji and Halilu Sububu, the two notorious warlords in the area, said the attack was carried out to avenge killings of “innocent Fulani” in the area.
We heard those who attacked Goronyo being described as criminals. They were not. The president (Muhammadu Buhari) came out to say so. Those people (of Goronyo) have killed so many people, so they would have to be attacked and killed,” he said.
Citing the killing of some Fulani Muslim worshippers at Unguwar Lalle, Rekeb said,
“When those people (Fulani) were killed, the president did not say anything but he is now coming out to react to this one.”
A resident had on Monday told Daily Trust that, “The recent attack could be a misplaced reprisal by ‘Yan Sakai’ because of the recent killing of 11 herders at Mamande Market in Gwadabawa Local Government Area.
“This outlawed group is arresting and killing Fulani men unjustifiably,” he added.