- The minister of defence, Mansur Dan Ali, says intelligence report shows that there is a link between some traditional rulers in the north and bandits
- Dan Ali alleges that the suspected traditional leaders are helping the bandits with intelligence to carry out attacks or to compromise military operations
The federal government has accused traditional rulers of helping bandits who are carrying out the ongoing killings in Sokoto, Katsina, Zamfara and other northern states.
The minister of defence, Mansur Dan Ali, in statement to Premium Times on Tuesday morning, April 9, said fresh intelligence report has linked some highly-placed traditional rulers to the activities of bandits.
…In spite of the concerted efforts of the Armed Forces and other security some unpatriotic persons including highly placed traditional rulers in the areas were identified as helping the bandits with intelligence to perpetuate their nefarious actions or to compromise military operations,” the minister said.
The minister who stopped short of mentioning names of traditional leaders suspected of helping the bandits, urged locals in the affected communities to join support efforts by the government aimed at addressing the crisis.
Meanwhile, suspected gunmen have reportedly killed no fewer than 20 people in a fresh attack in Anguwan Aku village, Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state.
This Day reports that several others were said to have sustained injuries from gunshots after the attack which took place on the morning of Monday, April 8.
Legit.ng gathered that a resident of the community said the attackers were dressed in military uniform and were armed with AK47 rifles, machetes and sticks and were communicating with each other.
According to him, the invaders started shooting sporadically upon arrival in the village, adding that, "they were shooting indiscriminately and everybody started running to the bush. They were pursuing us as we ran to the bush, some people were killed in the bush."
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