Shafiu Mamman and his younger brother, Muhammad, had left their home at Unguwar Majema in the ancient city of Sokoto on Friday to attend the Unguwar Lalleh market for their animal skin trade.
Alas, the brothers had embarked on a journey of no return. Hundreds of other traders and customers going about their businesses in the market also had no premonition that their lives were about to be turned upside down by Nigerian north-west’s implacable bandits.
Unguwar Lalle, a business community in Sabon Birni local government area, was attacked early Friday evening.
Sabon Birni and other local government areas in the eastern part of Sokoto have been plagued by bandits’ activities. To check the activities, the state government shut down weekly markets, cut mobile telecommunications networks and restricted the sale of fuel. Nobody knows, however, why the government did not shut down the market in Unguwar Lalle.