Musa Na Allah
Gunmen attacked a busy and densely populated Goronyo Sunday market in Sokoto and killed over 40 people.
The Gunmen suspected to be bandits stormed the Onion and other cash crops market at around 4:30 pm and open fire sporadically killing over 40 people with unspecified number of casualties.
Speaking to our correspondent a village head in the area who requested for anonymity said, vigilantes in the area on the day of the attack left the town in search of the attackers not knowing that the Gunmen were also preparing attack.
He said 42 dead bodies were brought to Goronyo Geberal Hospital on the day of the attack and the number is expected to rise as bodies were still being searched in nearby river and bushes around the town.
He said Informants were responsible for the attack, as according to him there is no way Bandits would come to know that, the vigilantes were not in town without someone given the information.
He called on government and security personnel to crackdown on informants who were living amongst communities
The attack which some believed was a reprisal to the happening in Mammande village of Gwadabawa local Government where Vigilantes killed 10 Fulani herdsmen on a similar Market Day.
However, Sokoto state Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal confirmed the attack but says, they are still counting the number of people so far killed.
He further urged people of the area not to take laws in to their hands, as government and security agencies are making progress to brought the attackers to justice.
meanwhile, the attack and killings happen on the day Chief of Army staff who is an illustrious son of the state visited the Sokoto for official engagement.
Many also have the believed that Bandits have tested or were trying to test the will of the chief of Army staff who was in the state for a home coming.