Gunmen numbering about 20 on Tuesday attacked the Kaboro community in the Dansadau Emirate of Zamfara, killing 18 people, including the village head.
A survivor, Malam Sani Abdullahi, who narrated his ordeal to newsmen in Gusau, said the bandits, swooped on the village at about 4 a.m and began to shoot sporadically.
“It was when the shooting started that the village head, identified as Alhaji Maiyara, came out to plead with the gunmen to stop the heinous crime. But they got at him and killed him.
“He was killed instantly when they felt that he was disturbing them with his endless begging after he was warned to shut up and keep off.
“They fired from different angles of the village and killed whoever attempted to escape, after killing our village head,’’ he said.