- Residents of Birnin Magaji reportedly attacked some bandits who came to the emir's palace
- The bandits had come for a peace talk and to also recover their seized cows
- An SSS official was also attacked but only sustained injuries
Seven suspected bandits have reportedly been killed by residents of Birnin Magaji local government area of Zamfara state after they reportedly visited the emery for peace talk.
According to Premium Times, the incident happened on Wednesday, May 1.
An airstrike on their base in Birnin Magaji forest by the Nigerian Air Force displaced the bandits.
It was reported that their cows which were suspected to be rustled were confiscated.and kept at the emir’s palace in Birnin Magaji. However, early last week, the cattle were taken to Gusau, the state capital.
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Seven of the bandits and an official of the State Security Service (SSS) came to the emir’s palace to plead for the release of the cows.
The emir, Husseini Dan-Ali, was in Kaduna when the suspected bandits came and his secretary, Muhammadu Mai-inji, had a meeting with them.
Residents, however, got wind of the meeting and reportedly laid siege for the suspected bandits and lynched them after they came out of the palace from the meeting.
The suspected SSS official was rescued by soldiers, although he sustained severe injuries.
Meanwhile, Governor Abdul'aziz Yari of Zamfara state has urged the security agents in the state to move to remote areas where bandits and other criminals are operating.
The governor said most of the villages that have fallen victims of banditry in Zamfara do not have security agents to prevent the unfortunate attacks.
Governor Yari praised the federal government for the ban on mining activities in the state, saying that the state does not derive a penny from the activities of illegal miners. The governor promised the security agents that his government will provide them with logistics and necessary tools to combat the banditry and other growing criminal activities in the state.
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