KATSINA: 4 vigilante members remanded in prison for killing 17 suspected bandits

A Katsina Senior Magistrate Court on Tuesday ordered four members of a local vigilance group to be remanded in prison for the killing of 17 persons suspected to be bandits in Kwatawa village in the Safana Local Government Area of the state.

The suspects, Abdullahi Abubakar, 30; Lawal Abubakar, 28; Abdusalam Sani, 35; and Salisu Isah, 38 were charged to court for criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide in contravention of sections 97 and 221 of the Penal Code.

They were arraigned before the court presided over by Hajiya Fadile Dikko, who ordered that the suspects be remanded in prison custody till August 22, 2019.

The suspects were said to have mobilised and invaded Fulani settlements to avenge the killing of three of their colleagues by the bandits.

The bandits, reportedly wielding AK-47 rifles, stormed a farm at Illela in the same local government area and killed three members of the vigilante group, who were tilling the ground on June 7.

The suspects carried out the revenge soon after burying their colleagues whose names were given as Ashiru Mansir, Muddaha Mandir and Jabiru Mansir.

At the end of hostilities, 17 people were reported to have lost their lives.

Police investigation reportedly led to the arrest of the four vigilantes, who were suspected to be the brains behind the revenge attack.