Residents of 17 villages in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State have been fled their homes following an invasion by suspected bandits.
Concise News understands that the incident occurred on Sunday afternoon as the gunmen were alleged to have killed three vigilante members who went into the forest to confront them.
A resident said that many people were displaced at Unguwan Gebi, Unguwan Dangauta, Unguwan Nayawu, Unguwan Makeri, Jagani and Sabon Gida.
Other places affected are, Dallatu, Unguwan Alhaji Ahmadu, Sabon Gari, Kusau, Gidan Sarkin Noma, Unguwan Pati, Unguwan Tofa and Sauran Giwa.
The resident disclosed that the displaced persons, numbering about 2,000, are currently taking refuge at Birnin Yero Primary School located along the Kaduna- Zaria road amidst tight security.
A senior police officer also said that a team of policemen had been deployed in the area, adding that security personnel are on the trail of the suspected bandits.
He said: “The team of policemen, including mobile policemen are trailing the bandits and at the same time fortifying security around the area so that people will have confidence to return to their settlements.
“The people moved out of fear because of the attack on the bandits in their hideout by the vigilante.
“I wonder why they decided to carry the operation without informing the nearest police station to them.”
But Jibrin Abdullahi, one of the victims, told NAN that the suspects launched an attack on his community.
“The bandits came to our village to attack us at about 1:00 pm on Sunday. The problems started when vigilante decided to help the community to deal with the bandits in their hideout.
“The bandits don’t allow us to go to farm, the vigilantes wanted to bring an end to this, but when they reached the bandits hideout they were overpowered and the bandits said since the community have decided to attack them we will not have peace,” he was quoted to have said.