- For the umpteenth time, gunmen have attacked a Zamafara town, Ruwan Tofa
- The criminals carried out the operation on Wednesday, March 3, in which they kidnapped about 60 villagers
- The bandits also destroyed a lot of properties by setting them on fire
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The Ruwan Tofa town in Maru local government area of Zamfara was on Wednesday, March 3, attacked by some gunmen who succeeded in kidnapping 60 villagers in their deadly operation.
A resident who spoke with journalists without revealing his name claimed although no casualty has been recorded, almost half of the town was burnt down while residents have all fled the area.
“They took away a lot of women and children. There was a man with four wives who all took his wives or one was not left behind. They took a relative of the District Head and his family."
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Another eyewitness lamented that not less than 15 members of his household were whisked away by the criminals in the attack.
The villager wailed:
"...they took 90 bags of grain from me in a car. We asked the security forces twice but they did not come and we dispersed from the town."
Earlier, Bello Matawalle, the governor of Zamfara state, had said he was willing to resign if such action would bring a lasting solution to the high level of insecurity in his state. The governor said this on Wednesday evening, March 3.
Asked if he is intimidated by the federal government’s declaration of a ‘No-Fly Zone’ in Zamfara, Governor Matawalle said he was ready to accept any solution that will bring peace to his state.
“I am ready to accept any solution that will bring security to my state. I am not intimidated. If I know that my resigning as a governor will make the people sleep with their two eyes closed, I can resign.
"I am ready to do what will bring security. I am not power-hungry. I have been having a sleepless night to protect the people of Zamfara state.”
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