Angry villagers in Sokoto, on Saturday, seized four bandits from a police station in Tangaza town, Tangaza Local Government Area of the state and burnt them alive.
The villagers were said to have stormed the police station about 12 hours after bandits killed two abducted persons in the community.
It was gathered that the bandits had rejected ransom offered to free the kidnapped victims last week.
The bandits reportedly insisted on killing the captives, to retaliate the ongoing military operations against them in the North-east.
Following the killing of the victims, members of the local vigilante armed with cutlasses and local guns, working with the police, stormed the forest and killed two bandits.
They also arrested four suspected bandits who were detained at a police station.
However, angered by the killing of the two kidnapped persons, residents of the community retrieved the arrested suspects, lynched them and burnt their bodies.
“The people of Tangaza have shown that they are serious. It is becoming obvious that this will soon be the trend because people are tired and no longer afraid,” a resident, Basharu Altine, told Premium Times.
Another resident, Aliyu Madi, said the residents were angered by the effrontery of the bandits.
“After the efforts made by our vigilante members and security agents to save some of those kidnapped, the bandits sent a message to the people that those two residents with them would be killed and that no matter how much we offer them, they would not accept. And they went ahead to kill the two people,” he said.
Speaking on the development, a local vigilante simply identified as Madi, said the youths had threatened to burn down the police station if the bandits were not killed in their presence.
“The youths were angry and despite pleas from the DPO and the local government chairman, they insisted that if the policemen did not kill the bandits in their presence, they would burn down the police station.
“It was a very complicated situation for the DPO because the youth were adamant. They had their way and took the bandits outside of the town, killed and burnt them to ashes” he stated.