There was strong tension in Kwanar Mayanci, Maru, an area of the local government in Zamfara state, on Wednesday, when a large number of armed men riding motorcycles invaded the community.
According to eyewitness reports, the villagers began to flee, thinking that they were elements of Boko Haram ready to attack.
One of the residents in the area, Ibrahim Sani, told POST DAILY that the alleged armed bandits took away a sack of food and some cans containing petrol, which belonged to petrol sellers on the street.
Sani said that heavily armed men, mostly young, told the villagers not to fear, since they weren’t there to kill any of them in the village.
Speaking more, he explained that the leader of the alleged armed bandits gave the sum of N20,000 and asked those whose valuables were taken by their boys to share compensation.
The eyewitness said that the criminals occupied Gusau-Sokoto Road for more than half an hour and before moving with their motorcycles to the forest.
When he contacted him, Governor Special Adviser Alhaji Abubakar Dauran said that armed men were repentant bandits moving out of the state.
“They are moving out of the state as we have no problem with them and the state has become too hot for the armed bandits and notorious kidnappers,” he added.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), SP Muhammad Shehu, stated that the gunmen were moving to Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State.