As reported on twitter by a tweep. 42 Passengers were burnt
to death recently, in Sokoto.
The incident which occurred at about 9am in the morning
happened around Gidan Bawa village where the terrorists
always referred to as bandits blocked the road and set the
The Sokoto State Police spokesperson, ASP Sanusi
Abubakar, confirmed the incident, noting however that
those killed might be about 17.
He explained that the vehicle carried 24 passengers, out
of which 7 were admitted to an undisclosed hospital.
Sanusi who responded to a text message sent to him on
the development said, “The vehicle is carrying 24
passengers out of which 7 victims were admitted and an
unidentified number of burnt dead bodies”.
Sources from Sabon Birni local government however
insisted that the number of those burnt in the vehicle
could be higher than what the police confirmed, as a
particular family lost ten members to the incident.
One of the sources, Danchadi, who is a former local
government chairman, told our reporter that the incident
was really heartbreaking.
According to him, they are still trying to ascertain the
exact number of casualties, adding that the figure might
be very scary.
A relative of one of those killed in the attack, who simply
gave his name as Garba, said the Turji led faction of
bandits had occupied the entire Sokoto East senatorial
He said the criminals have imposed leaders in some
villages and are collecting tithes, levies and controlling
those in such villages as slaves.