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Bandits seize phones of police officers in Zamfara

Bandits in Zamfara State have attacked a police station in Magami community in Gusau, Zamfara capital, seizing the phones of police officers on duty.

Bandits in Zamfara State have attacked a police outpost in Magami community in Gusau, Zamfara capital, seizing the phones of police officers on duty.

Magami is one of the conflict-ravaged communities in Zamfara State. Several residents have fled the community as a result of incessant attacks by terrorists.

According to Abdul Balarabe, a local journalist who reports terror attacks in the state, the gunmen arrived in the community around 3:40 pm.

He said after collecting the phones, the terrorists shot into the air before they went back into the bush.

“Bandits attack Magami Divisional police station under Gusau LGA of Zamfara State, snatch phones and other valuables belonging to the police on duty, they also fired warning shots and escaped. The incident happened today around 3:40pm,” Balarabe said in a tweet.

Community sources told Daily Trust that the bandits stormed the stations with the intention of freeing one of them who was detained there.

However, the suspect had been reportedly transferred to the state police headquarters by the time they got there.

“They collected the phones of all the officers on duty and that of one of the complainant they met there, but didn’t kill anybody,” a source said.

When contacted, SP Muhammed Shehu, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Zamfara denied the report, saying, “No such thing happened.”

He, however, refused to comment further when probed.