Zamfara Police Commissioner on Friday explained what it called “true position” on the massacre that occurred during the week.
This is contained in a statement by spokesman of the command, DSP Mohammed Shehu.
Shehu recalled that on 13th February, 2018, hunters from Birani village of Zurmi LGA intercepted and accosted a herder in the bush with some suspected stolen cattle and sheep.
He said: “The herder abandoned the animals and escaped into the Bush. Unknown to the hunters, the cattle rustler went to Isah LGA of sokoto state and mobilised bandits to attack the hunters.
“Therefore, on 14th February, 2018, the bandits ambushed the hunters in the bush and there was a clash that led to fatality from both sides.
“Police, Military and other sister agencies who reacted by combing the bush and it’s environs to salvage the situation discovered 18 death bodies.
“While it is believed that the bandits took away their own persons that were killed. Meanwhile, bush combing is in progress so as to further profile the area.
“Mobile men/ Special forces and Military fortified the affected axis.
“The Command intelligence unit in conjunction with State CID are investigating the matter to arrest the perpetrators of this dastardly act.”
He added that the press would be informed of the progress made in due course.
Meanwhile, Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, yesterday said his administration gave security agencies 24 hour head-start to alert them on the impending invasion of communities in the state.