30-year-old Sokoto State Bandits Attacks Survivor, Shafa’atu, Dies in Hospital

A 30-year-old woman who identified herself as Shafa’atu after she survived the deadly attacks by Sokoto-based bandits that led to the deaths of many passengers, on Monday, including eight of her relatives, has finally given up the ghost.


Shafa’atu who was admitted at the Usman Danfordiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, died last night from injuries sustained from the attack. She was receiving treatment at the hospital where she also narrated her ordeal as the commercial bus she and other passengers including eight of her relatives boarded.


She said the bandits opened fire on the vehicle, forcing it to somersault, it exploded but the armed men stood back to watch the victims die. In her words;


There were 33 elderly persons and many children in the vehicle when it was attacked by armed men believed to be loyal to Bello Turji, a notorious bandits’ kingpin terrorizing the eastern part of Sokoto.


“They kept firing at our vehicle until it somersaulted three times and burst into flames. Only me and one other passenger miraculously came out of the bus but the other passenger later died from gunshot injuries,” she revealed.


“I lost my four children, three girls who were grown up and my 10-month-old baby. I watched my family members, including my mother, maternal uncle, nephew and niece burn to ashes while the attackers were watching with delight.”


LatestNGnews.com had on Monday reported how a commercial vehicle heading to Kaduna en route to southern part of the country came under attack along Sabon Birni-Isa road in Sokoto. 42 persons were reported dead via series of tweets, but the Sokoto state government came out later to clarify that 23 persons died instantly from the attack.


Shafa’atu has been buried in accordance with Islamic rites after the governor visited the state which still came under attack on Thursday and 3 persons were reported dead.


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