At least 70 vigilantes were killed in an attack by a terror group in Sakaba area of Kebbi State in Nigeria’s restive northwestern region.
The incident occurred on Sunday, March 6, in the Dirin Daji area of Sakaba Local Government Area of Kebbi State, a source revealed to HumAngle.
Sakaba is located on the southern axis near the state boundary with neighbouring Niger state and about 217 km from Birnin Kebbi, the State capital.
In April 2021, nine police officers and two vigilante members, also known as Yan Sakai, were reported to have been killed in Sakaba during a firefight with a terror group.
Yan Sakai are volunteer defence groups affiliated with farming communities, set up to protect against persistent attacks from terror groups known locally as bandits.
These groups are mostly affiliated with the herders and part of a broader security crisis that includes criminality, revenge attacks, and conflicts between herders and farmers.
The violence in the northwest and neighbouring Niger state has led to the displacement of thousands of people forced to flee to safer communities.
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