Armed Group Emerges in Sokoto, Takes Over LGA, Arrests Herdsmen

A suspected terrorist group carrying sophisticated weapons is currently in control of Tangaza Local Government Area of Sokoto State, applying ‘strange laws’ and punishing defaulters.

An online platform, Premium Times reported that members of the group, believed to be from Niger Republic, are in possession of assorted weapons, preaching Islamic teachings, forcefully collecting alms (zakat) and flogging defaulters.

He stated that though members of the terror group are yet to be identified by name, and have been in the area for than two months, they are allegedly recruiting youth in a nearby bush. After ‘training’ them, they give them a motorcycle, he said. The witness, who pleaded anonymity, said members of the group were more than 200.

He said they looked strange, spoke Arabic and wore turbans over their heads.

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