Gunmen on Sunday January 17, 2021 ambushed soldiers on their way to restore peace at Janboko, Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara state after bandits invaded the community.
Community source revealed that the hoodlums rod In Hilux vehicles given to ‘Repentant’ Bandits in the area. They killed a senior army officer, Major J.F. London, during the ambush, and two other soldiers were also injured.
According to SaharaReporters, a military source also confirmed the incident, adding that the attackers came in a Hilux vehicle and motorcycles given to repentant bandits by Governor Bello Matawalle.
The source said: “A senior military officer and a top commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF) here in Zamfara State, J.F. London, was the one killed by bandits in Janboko on Sunday,” the source said.
“The gunmen came in one of those Hilux vehicles given to leaders of different repentant banditry groups in Zamfara State by Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle.
“They were later resisted by the local vigilantes, so they fled and left behind the Hilux vehicle and the motorcycles they came with.”
Recall that the state government in 2019 entered into a peace agreement with the gunmen.
But despite the accord, communities in the state are still being attacked and residents kidnapped and/or killed.