- A community in Zamfara state resisted an attack by armed bandits recently
- Villagers stood up to the terrorists when they came to attack their community
- Some of the bandits lost their lives during the brave resistance by the villagers
Governor Bello Matawalle has revealed how a community in Zamfara state resisted an attack by bandits recently.
The governor who spoke through his deputy chief of staff, Bashir Maru, on Friday, March 5, said villagers in Ruwan Tofa community resisted and killed some of the bandits, who attacked them on Thursday, March 5.
According to the governor, Ruwan Tofa and a neighbouring village in Maru local government area of the state were attacked by the bandits.
A statement sent to Legit.ng quoted the governor's aide as saying:
“As they moved out of the village towards the next village of Ruwan Tofa, information reached residents of Ruwan Tofa community and they prepared for the defence of their territory.
“In the ensuing melee, the suspected armed bandits were resisted and ambushed and many of them were killed but others escaped with different degrees of injury
“Two (2) people from Ruwan Tofa sustained gunshots injuries and are recuperating in an undisclosed hospital for reason of security.
“However, the suspected armed bandits were not done, and the following day, Wednesday 3rd March, 2021, they returned to Tungar Baushe.
“Authoritative sources reported that the bandits attacked the village and burnt down two vehicles loaded with grains and other valuables but no life was lost. Unfortunately, they abducted number of persons including women and children.
“Gentlemen of the press, even as we speak, most of the abductees have since returned safely to their village. Concerted effort are well underway by the Zamfara state police command surveillance unit to ascertain the exact number of those still in captivity.
“It is therefore unfortunate that some media organizations, without proper investigation and confirmation went ahead to publish fabricated accounts dished out to them by enemies of peace in the state.
“It is worthy to ask yourselves as media practitioners why those who gave you the false information of 40 people killed by the bandits (which in itself is blatantly false) refused to give you the information of the bandits killed by sheer efforts of the resilient people of Ruwan Tofa (which in itself is the truth).”
Meanwhile, the Zamfara government has declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Jangebe town in Talata Mafara local government area of the state.
The state commissioner for information, Sulaiman Anka, made the announcement in a statement sent to journalists on Thursday, March 4.
According to him, the government’s decision was in reaction to the riots that took place in the town following the return of the released abducted school children.
He added that the curfew was imposed to prevent any further breach of peace in the area by potential troublemakers.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Governor Matawalle expressed his readiness to resign his position as the state's number one citizen if it means things get better in the state.
The governor said he is ready to step down if that will restore security in the troubled northwestern state.
The governor made the comment after the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) asked security agencies to investigate him.
The demand was made by the influential northern group after Governor Matawalle declared that he had been able to figure out sponsors of banditry in Zamfara state.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.