- Killings and kidnappings are still going in Zamfara despite the telecom blackout imposed by the state government
- However, the ongoing military efforts in the northwest and northeast have reportedly decimated the criminals
- Recall that the state in partnership with the federal government had recently imposed some restrictions in the state
Despite the telecom shutdown in Zamfara state, it seems bandits are still going about their terrible duties of inflicting misery into the lives of innocent people of the state.
This follows the incidences of killings and kidnappings documented in the state, Punch Newspaper reports.
According to some residents of the state, though the efforts of the military have decimated the criminals, attacks and abductions by the bandits are ongoing.
Figures obtained from the Nigeria Security Tracker, a project of the Council on Foreign Relations, an American think tank, and edited by a former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, showed that some abductions and killings had continued in Zamfara State.
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On September 3, on the day the communications blackout came into effect, four persons were said to have been killed while about 50 others were abducted when gunmen attacked Ruwan Doruwa district in Maru Local Government Area of the state. However, three days later, soldiers were reported to have killed about 20 bandits in an airstrike in Shinkafi.
Bandits also killed four in Bugundu, Zamfara state after attacking a police station. On September 11, bandits killed 12 soldiers in Mutumji, Maru Local Government area of Zamfara State. They also killed seven civilians in Shinkafi and Zurmi local governments on September 16, burning down the home of the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Nasiru Magarya, at Magarya community.
Many killed as fleeing bandits run into Military camp in Niger
Legit.ng had earlier reported that it was the end of the road for scores of armed bandits fleeing the ongoing military operation in Zamfara and Katsina states as they were neutralised by soldiers at Maganda village near Allawa in Shiroro local government area of Niger state.
The bandits were trying to escape through the notorious Alawa thick forest on Friday, September 10, when they ran into the military camp stationed at Alawa.
A gun battle ensued and after several hours, the security operatives came out victorious. Scores of the armed criminals did not live to tell the story while others managed to escape into the forest with bullets wounds.
How to end banditry in the north
Gumi stated that there is nothing wrong if the government establishes what he called a federal ministry of Nomadic affairs.
According to him, this ministry will address grievances and complaints from such persons, and also take care of repentant insurgents.