Twenty-five persons killed in Sokoto state by bandits in a fresh attack which occurred on Saturday in three communities in Rabah local government area were on Sunday buried.
At the funeral Governor Aminu Tambuwal together with heads of security agencies, traditional rulers and government officials commiserated with the families of the victims after the burial held at Gandi town.
Earlier, it was reported that the bandits who were in large numbers raided Kalhu, Tsage and Geeri villages near Gandi and killed the 25 persons.
An eyewitness said that the attackers engaged in indiscriminate shooting from around 5pm on Saturday till Sunday morning, carting away hundreds of cows, sheep and other valuables.
On his part, Tambuwal pledged that the government would take more measures “to end such uncivilized and barbaric attacks”, and urged community members to assist security agencies with useful information to track the bandits.
Also, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Kaoje, said four persons including a woman informant who pretended to be a lunatic were arrested.
Kaoje said that a joint security operation was in progress to contain banditry and other crimes in the state.