- A council of chiefs in Zamfara has listed the names of civilians killed by a Nigerian Air Force fighter jet and a helicopter gunship
- The emirs said that apart from the fact that 11 persons were killed in the raids, another set of 11 persons were injured and many more displaced
- The chiefs said that they were ready to work with security agencies to discover bandits in the state and traditional rulers who conspire with them
The Zamfara state council of chiefs on Wednesday, April 17, listed not less than 11 indigenes reportedly killed by a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jet and a helicopter gunship which launched airstrikes on a rural community recently.
The names of the deceased persons are as follows:
1. Mai Daji Barau
2. Na Dumburum
3. Suwaiba Alka,
4. Yar Guru Na Dumburum,
5. Maryam Shafiu,
6. Dahe Malan Sule,
7. Buhari Dan Kurma,
8. Zaliha na Dumburum,
9. Aisha Akilu,
10. Alamin Alka
11. Fati ‘Yar Gum.
Moreover, the chiefs claimed that on Tuesday, April 9, a NAF fighter jet and a helicopter gunship attacked Dumburum community in the Zurmi local government area of the state, injuring another set of eleven innocent persons.
The names of the casualties are: Haruna Kusu, Muhammad M Sani, AbdulRazak Abubakar, Yakubu Yunusa, Dan Diyya, Sa’a Dayyabu, Yar’wargi Mamman, Gwamna na Dumburum, Rashida Alka, Maryam Akilu and Sadiq Sukuranu.
Added to this, the chiefs, represented by an emir, Bungudu Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, said that the houses of 20 persons were also destroyed by in the raids.
They said that due to this, a lot of persons have been displaced in the state and that they are ready to work with security agencies to fish out any traditional ruler conspiring with the bandits.
The emirs denied claims that there were restless about the defeat of the bandits by the military, adding that an investigation should be done on their reports.
Attahiru said: “We had a meeting with the executive governor and we provided secret information on the suspected armed bandits, kidnappers and their informants and even those doing business with them.
“We suggested that civilian joint task force members should be recruited. How comes that somebody would just come out and say we have not being helping matters?”
“The crimes transformed from local to more organised ones. The police were earlier deployed and later the military too was deployed. Why is there no respite despite the presence of the military? The soldiers deployed sometimes pay us a visit in the course of their operations.
“It is wrong for the military command to, for instance, deploy only 30 soldiers and ask them to engage hundreds of armed criminals in a forest. That is why sometimes they get killed by these criminals. If NAF do their reconnaissance and dislodge the criminals from their camps, the ground troops should occupy the identified bases of the armed criminals.
“Even the attack on Tsanu village by the military, it was innocent civilians that were killed. We can provide documented evidence, but we don’t want to join issues with security operatives.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that NAF had called on anyone with evidence that innocent civilians were targeted during its recent air strikes in Zamfara, to produce such evidence.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF director of public relations and information, made the request in a statement on Friday, April 12 in Abuja.
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