The Police in Zamfara State has confirmed the killing of eight people in Janbako village of Maradun Local Government Area of the State by armed bandits on Sunday.

SP Shehu Muhammad, the state Police Command Public Relations Officer, confirmed the killings in a statement in Gusau on Monday.

He explained that the bandits who were many, were on reprisal after an attack on Saturday, on a Fulani settlement by the outlawed Yansakai group.

Muhammad said Mr Yaro Abutu, the commissioner of Police in the state, immediately deployed a combined team of Mobile Police and CTU unit, who joined the Nigerian Army operating in the area, to secure the affected village and its surroundings.

He said, “The combined team also engaged the bandits on arrival at the area, which saw the bandits running away with various degrees of gun wounds.

“Peace has been fully restored in the affected communities, but our men have continued to comb the nearby bushes with a view to arresting the culprits and charging them to court for prosecution.”

Muhammad added that the commissioner urged members of the public to desist from self-help, in order to sustain the relative peace presently being enjoyed in Zamfara.