No fewer than eight villages in Augie Local Government Area of Kebbi State have been deserted due to incessant attacks by bandits.
The vilages are Zagi, Tungar Rafi, Tungar Tudu, Keke, Kwaido, Sabongarin Kwaido, Tungar Chichira and Tattazai.
According to reports, residents of the villages moved out in droves after bandits attacked Zagi on Wednesday night after an attack that left three people dead, many injured and 15 others abducted.
Relating the incident to newsmen, the Village Head of Zagi, Malam Muhammadu Lawali-Sule said the bandits stormed the village at about midnight adding that although the villagers collectively resisted the attackers, they were overpowered by the bandits.
The village head said those injured in the attack were in hospital and responding to treatment.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Ahmed Magaji-Kontagora, said additional security personnel had been mobilised to the area to support those already on ground.
Magaji-Kontagora advised the fleeing residents to go back to their respective villages and continue with their normal businesses adding that their lives and property would be protected.