Hundreds of terrorists led by a notorious bandit, Dan Karami, have reportedly relocated from Zamfara State to areas between Safana and Batsari Local Government Areas of Katsina State.
Villagers said the relocating terrorists were escaping from the onslaught of the military in Zamfara State.
They were said to have moved into Tsaskiya, Runka, Gora, Labo and other communities in the two local government areas.
The terrorists have specifically, unleashed untold hardship and misery on villages close to Rugu forest in Safana, Batsari and Jibiya in Katsina State.
These made many inhabitants of these villages flee to safer locations.
A native of Batsari in Katsina State, who craved anonymity as he spoke to the BBC Hausa Service monitored by our correspondent in Kaduna, said the terrorists have now occupied areas in Jibiya at Shekewayen Yan Larba, Garin Labo, Jajjaye and Baranda, down to western Wagigi and Giginyu, up to the Safana border.
According to him, “Truly the presence of these terrorists has frightened us, terribly. The terrorists were large in number and wield dangerous weapons. They swung into action on arrival and started kidnapping people and rustled animals belonging to the locals. People were fleeing the area.”
The spokesperson of the Police Command in the state, Gambo Isah, said they were investigating the veracity of the information.
It’s a covert operation and I will not go into details. But I’m assuming people in these affected areas that we would tackle the problem very soon, by the will of Allah,” he said.