Tayo AFOLABI

 At least eight farmers in their farmlands in Damaga village of Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State Gunmen have been shot dead by gunmen.

A farmer, Mohammed Sani, who narrowly escaped death told newsmen on the telephone that, the bandits invaded the farmlands around 9am on Saturday when the farmers were busy clearing their farms.

According to him, “The bandits who were on motorcycles invaded our farms around 9am in the morning and began to shoot whoever they met in his farmland.

“They were able to kill eight people and wounded many, while others ran helter-skelter for their lives.

“As I am talking to you now, we are at the burial ground with the security agencies, trying to bury those who have lost their lives.

“They have earlier warned that they would not allow us to farm this year, but because the Government has promised to provide us with enough security, we decided to go and clear our farms now that the farming season is around the corner.

“Unfortunately for us, the bandits have kept to their promise and attacked us in our farms, killing eight of us,” Sani said.

Contacted for comment, the spokesperson for the Police Command, SP Mohammed Shehu, said, “The Command is currently investigating the issue.

“I will get back to you as soon as we finish our investigation.”

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