Gunmen kidnap 15 in Zamfara - Speaker alleges

Gunmen kidnap 15 in Zamfara - Speaker alleges

- Fifteen people were kidnapped in Zamfara state, the speaker of the House of Assembly alleged

- Sanusi Rikiji said unknown gunmen stormed Maradun local government area of the state on Saturday, July 28

- He added that the security situation in Zamfara needs to be reviewed

The speaker of Zamfara House of Assembly, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji, has said that 15 persons were kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Saturday, July 28, in Maradun local government area of the state.

Rikiji told newsmen in Gusau on Sunday, July 29, in Gusau that the security situation in the state called for serious review.

He recalled the ugly incidences recorded in the last two days in Zurmi local government area where bandits took over three districts comprising over 18 villages and towns.

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“As I said yesterday in Zurmi the issue of insecurity in this state require general study system review to tackle the prolonged security challenges facing the state.

“Security agencies should do more and more to deploy enough security personnel in Zamfara; we need permanent security stations in the affected area.

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“We thank the immediate intervention of the federal government to this issue. As I am speaking now the troops, security personnel, have been deployed to the affected areas in Zurmi.

“They have started restoring normalcy in the area. We appeal to the people of the area to remain calm as government in collaboration with security agencies is working to maintain peace and stability in the areas,’’ he said.

The speaker also thanked the Emir of Zurmi, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, over his concern and commitment to the protection of his people.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that some residents of Kwaddi village in Zurmi local government area of Zamfara state lost their lives after suspected armed bandits attacked their village on Tuesday, July 24.

The incident which reportedly claimed the lives of 20 of the residents happened at a mosque during Asr prayer.

It was gathered that the gunmen had earlier invaded the village and killed at least eight people for failing to oblige to a N1 million ransom demanded from the whole community.

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