Kebbi deputy gov denies leading soldiers to gun duel with bandits
Deputy Governor of Kebbi state, Samaila Yombe, has denied leading soldiers to a gun duel with bandits that resulted in the death of no fewer than 15 soldiers.
He described the rumour making the rounds that he led troops to battle with bandits as “baseless, unfounded, advising peddlers to desist forthwith”.
The Deputy Governor also distanced himself from any involvement or leading role during bandit’s attack that killed at least 15 soldiers and his orderly Idris Umar Libata.
Denying involvement, Yombe said, he was sent on a confidence restoration mission by his boss Governor Bagudu who visited the internally displaced persons IDPs camps to facilitate their return.
He said they coincidentally met with troops who were on their routine patrol, when they got to Kanya.
“I was even happy and felt secured that we were going to the same direction but unfortunately bandits lunched attack that caught us between. I mean myself and my escorts as a result of gun duel those soldiers were killed and my orderly too, but all the same the soldiers saved the day”
Yombe who expressed shock at the rumour, warned the peddlers to watch their tongues.
“As deputy governor and civilian, I am not entitled to military escorts. I have my escort and one was killed among them. I am a retired army personnel, I know the rules. I couldn’t do that. Why should I reduce the army manpower when it is direly needed at this material time. I never led soldiers and I will never do that”, he said.
On his rumoured resignation he said he is even more determined and strong to continue with the assignment giving to him by governor Bagudu.
He confirmed that normalcy has returned to the areas as massive military personnel have been deployed. He urged soldiers to show no mercy to bandits.
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