By Henry Odeh
A community in Katsina State on Thursday disobeyed President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that people in the state should stop killing bandits who attack their communities but should hand them over to security operatives for prosecution. Reports from Katsina State on Thursday revealed that bandits attacked Gurbi community in Karanka Local Government in the early hours of the day but met superior fireworks from residents of the community who mobilized their able-bodied men and warriors to repel and confront the bandits.
In the fierce exchange of gunfire, residents of the attacked community killed 19 bandits, and subsequently repelled them as other bandits could no withstand the fireworks of the community, and they reportedly flee from the community.
However, reports also indicated that four members of the community were killed in the gun battle between the community and the bandits.
As at time of filing this report there has not been any official statement from the Katsina State Police command.
It would appear that community policing is beginning to yield desired results in several parts of the country. Those community members who confronted the bandits in Katsina State have been commended by Nigerians for acting swiftly in self-defense.