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Police confirms assassination of district head, APC chairman by bandits

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The Nigeria Police in Katsina State has confirmed the assassination of the district head of Yantumaki, in Danmusa Local Government Area of the state, Abubakar Atiku, by armed bandits on Monday, June 1, 2020.

Mr Atiku was shot dead by gunmen.

According to a report by Premiumtimes, residents said the armed men spent at least two hours at the Yantumaki community during a downpour, trailing their prime target.

The district head fell to their bullets a few minutes to 12 midnight.

A source told the website that a palace guard sustained an injury when he was hit by stray bullets during the attack. No one else was hurt.

Also, in another separate attack, gunmen also killed the All Progressive Congress (APC) Chairman of Batsari Local Government Area, Abdulhamid Sani, following his alleged inability to secure the release of an arrested bandit.

The police spokesperson in Katsina, Gambo Isah, confirmed the incidents. He said the police were doing their best to protect the lives and property of Nigerians and they would continue doing that, whatever the circumstances may be.

The late APC chairman was a member, reconciliation committee working to ensure peaceful coexistence between Fulani residents, who are predominantly living in the bush and Hausa communities, who live in the town. Residents said the APC chairman was killed by a faction of unrepentant armed men who accused him of failure to secure the release of one of them who was arrested by the security agents, weeks ago.

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