- Zamfara is still in the eye of the storm as bandits in the state continues to wreck havoc in various local government areas
- Over the weekend, the attackers invaded communities under Dangurgu, Kunkilai, Birnin Magaji, in Maru, Gusau and Birnin Magaji LGAs
- They were said to have killied more than 50 people and injured 31 in the space of three days
A report by The Nation indicates that armed persons suspected to be bandits during the weekend attacked some communities in Zamfara state killing more than 50 people and injuring 31 in the space of three days.
According to the report, the attackers invaded communities under Dangurgu, Kunkilai, Birnin Magaji, in Maru, Gusau and Birnin Magaji local government areas of Zamfara state.
Quoting an unnamed source, the report detailed how the attackers unleashed their terror on Kunkilai village when villagers were attending a naming ceremony.
The bandits armed with sophisticated weapons, were said to have started shooting sporadically immediately they stormed the community, killing 31 and wounding six in the process.
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The wounded persons according to the source are currently receiving treatment in Dansadau General Hospital.
The attack according to him went unchallenged before the bandits went back to the forest they came from.
He added that no security operatives came to their rescue until after the attack had ended.
He appealed to security operatives including the Nigerian army to come out with what he described as a well reorganised security network to quell the constant attack on the villagers within the axis.
When contacted the state police public relations officer ,SP Muhammed Shehu confirmed the attack and but said only ten persons were killed.
The bandits had also on Friday, May 3, stormed a village in Magami district in Gusau local government area of the state, killing about 20 people while about 15 sustained injuries and sacking more than 20 communities.
Four military personnel sustained various injuries as soldiers engaged the bandits who were said to have invaded the community in motorcycles around 10:00 am.
Confirming the attack, acting director, force information, Operation Sharan Daji, Major Clement K. Abiade, disclosed that the four soldiers who sustained injuries were quickly evacuated and taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau for treatment.
He said soldiers successfully repelled an ambushed by bandits on their way to defend the community under attack.
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Meanwhile, five people were also killed in bandits reprisal attack over the killing of their six leaders by a mob on Saturday, May 4.
Six leaders of the bandits were last week at Burning Magsji hometown of the Nigeria’s defence minister, Lt. General Mansur Dan Ali’s Emirs’ palace killed.
Meanwhile, a group, Citizens’ Rights Crusade Network (CRCN), on Sunday, May 5, identified political players and public office holders as masterminds of the rising cases of banditry, kidnapping and killings ravaging Zamfara state.
The group specifically stated that politicians benefiting from illegal gold mining in Zamfara were the ones sponsoring the endless unrest in the area.
CRCN, therefore, called on the attention of the international community and relevant security agencies to save Nigerians from the hands of politicians causing unrest in the north-west region.
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