Eighty-eight people were massacred by bandits in Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi state on Thursday, the police said.
Initially 66 were reported dead.
The Kebbi Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Nafi’u Abubakar who confirmed the figure, said all the victims were killed in eight different communities in the local government area.
According to him, the command has so far recovered the 88 bodies and dispatched a detachment of operatives to maintain law and order in the affected communities.
“The killing took place in Koro, Kimpi, Gaya, Dimi, Zutu, Rafin Gora and Iguenge villages, all in Danko/Wasagu LGA of Kebbi State.
“Initially, the bodies recovered were 66 but as I am talking to you now, about 88 bodies have been recovered,” Abubakar said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that in April, bandits killed nine police officers, in the area, including the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) as they were responding to a distressed call.