Terrorists attack grain silo, face NSCDC in 2-hour gun battle – Official

The Agro Rangers of the NSCDC have repelled an attack by suspected bandits on the federal government’s grain silo in Dutsinma Local Government Area of Katsina state.

Buhari Hamisu, the spokesperson of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), said in a statement in Katsina on Sunday that the attack occurred on 6 April at about 1 a.m.

According to him, the bandits wanted to destroy the silo and abduct its Manager, Lawal Shitu-Yar’adua.

The agro rangers responded swiftly, engaging the bandits in a fierce gun duel for over two hours, Hamisu said.

“The valiant operatives overpowered the criminals, who scaled the rear fence of the reserve and escaped with serious injuries.

“The silo was not damaged, nor did the criminals succeed in their nefarious act,” the NSCDC spokesman added.

Mr Hamisu said the NSCDC had detailed more personnel to the location and increased the firepower of the operatives to prevent a recurrence of such attack.

According to him, the silo is used to store grains being distributed to people of Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto states.

“The Command remains dedicated to promoting safety and security for the good people of the state and Nigeria as a whole, as well as providing adequate protection of critical national assets and infrastructure.”