Dungun Mu’azu community in Sabuwa Local Government Area of Katsina State has been thrown into crisis as armed Fulani herdsmen cut down seven men and one woman in a bloody nocturnal reprisal attack.
Newsmen was reliably informed that a Fulani herdsman who strayed into a farm in the village on 23 November, 2016, allegedly started the crisis when he threatened the owner of the destroyed crops with a gun.
According to Newsmen source, the distraught farmer reported the incident to his kinsmen who went after the herdsmen around 7pm that fateful day instead of alerting the police.
Confirming the tragedy, the spokesman of Katsina State Police Command, Salisu Abubakar Agaisa, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said the embittered villagers found the suspects that night in the bush.
Incidentally, the man who was still armed with the AK 47 rifle was tactically overpowered and dispossessed of the gun by the farmers, a source close to the police told this reporter.
It was also learnt that the herdsman reported the encounter to other Fulani men in the bush that were said to have teamed up and launched an attack on Dungun Mu’azu before dawn.
However, a quick response of the Katsina State Police Command that mobilized detectives and mobile policemen in neighbouring Dandume Local Government Area following a tip off, reportedly curtailed the blood bath in the village.
Mr. Agaisa told newsmen that the deployed policemen discovered two slain persons and six critically injured persons at Dungun Mu’azu that night, adding that five more corpses were discovered in the bush the following morning while one of the critically injured villagers died that fateful day.
He assured that a re-enforcement of police and soldiers in the area had since restored normalcy in the zone while efforts were still in progress to apprehend the fleeing suspected gunmen.
The police public relations officer in Katsina also confirmed that the AK47 seized from the Fulani herdsman was recovered by the police while five persons who were rushed to the hospital were responding to treatment.