The attacks on six villages by bandits have left scores of villagers dead in Zamfara State, the government said in a statement on Friday.
Mr Jamilu Magaji, press secretary to the state governor, confirmed that the attacks were carried out in two Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
Villages, where scores of people were killed by the bandits, included Damaga, Jihiya, Shandame, Gidan Runji and Daki Hudu all in Maradun LGA, while the sixth village that came under attack was Kizara in Tsafe LGA.
According to Magaji, Governor Bello Matawalle had to cancel his official engagements in Sokoto State because of the attacks.
The governor immediately returned to Zamfara to sympathise with the victims of the attacks in Maradun and Tsafe LGAs, he stated
“Governor Bello Matawalle who was in Sokoto for three official engagements which include the joint convocation ceremony of Sokoto State University alongside Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Grand Mauloud Ceremony of Prophet Muhammad SAW, and the Historic turbanning ceremony of Shettiman Sokoto by the Sultan of Sokoto which has been conferred on him, cancelled all the events and proceeded to Maradun town in order to sympathise and condole with the families of those who lost their lives as a result of the attacks,” the statement read.