Amnesty International on Monday, December 24, said that not less than 50 people have been killed in three local government areas of Zamafara state within two weeks.
It was earlier reported that some youths had embarked on a protest against the level of insecurity in the state. The protesters reportedly blocked the road linking Funtua, Zaria, Sokoto, Kebbi and Kaduna.
The protesters were said to have burnt down the Tsafe Local Government secretariat and protesters were matching to the local government chairman’s residence, prompting the state police command to order a restriction on movement.
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The human rights organisation, via its Twitter account, said, “#Zamfara: Our findings show that at least 50 people have been killed in Birnin Magaji, Maradun and Tsafe LGAs in two weeks, as rampaging gunmen murder and maim rural communities.
“At least, 1,700 have been displaced in Tsafe LGA alone. This is unacceptable and must end."
The organisation said the crisis in Zamfara is making life hell for villagers, yet it is clearly low down on the list of government priorities.
It also added that these killings must stop immediately, and those suspected of criminal responsibility must be brought to justice.
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In a previous report by Legit.ng, President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the killing in Birnin Magaji community in Tsafe local government area and Magami community in Faru District of Maradun local government area of Zamfara state.
In a statement by Garba Shehu who is the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity on Monday, December 24, Buhari described the killing as horrendous.
The president authorized an assessment trip to Zamfara and Sokoto States by the chief of air staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Baba Sadiq.
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