- The traditional rulers in Zamfara state have been directed to always verify the identity of herdsmen entering their domain
- The state government made the directive in order to guard against armed banditry in the state
- According to the government, the number of Fulani herdsmen entering different communities in the state have significantly increased
The Zamfara government has directed traditional rulers across the state to always verify the identity of herdsmen entering their domains in order to guard against armed banditry.
The state commissioner for local governments and chieftaincy affairs, Alhaji Bello Dankand, gave the directive in a statewide radio broadcast on Wednesday, January 23, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Dankande said that the directive had become necessary following the influx of the herdsmen into many communities in the state in recent weeks.
He said: “We have received reports that the number of Fulani herdsmen coming to our communities have significantly increased. Many of them are coming with their animals to eat up remnants from the last farming season on farmlands.
“This tradition has always helped our farmers in clearing farmlands ahead of upcoming rainy season.
“We should, however, be vigilant on the herders coming to our areas. Screen them, investigate where they are coming from and report any suspicious movement to the nearest authority for prompt action."
The commissioner also implored the residents to report any suspicious movement to the emir in-charge of their area, should the ward, village or district heads fail to report such suspects in time.
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Legit.ng previously reported that the speaker of Zamfara state House of Assembly, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji, expressed concern over the resurgence of banditry in the state.
Rikiji, who acted as acting governor of the state, made the remark when he separately received the minister of interior, retired Lieutenant Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau and the chief of air staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, at the Government House, Gusau on Wednesday, December 26.
Dambazau and Abubakar were in the state in connection with the fresh attack in the state by bandits.
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