Connect with us


Bloodbath Again In Zamfara As Bandits Sack 18 Villages, Kill 35



The Speaker of Zamfara State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanusi Garba Rikiji, has revealed that more than 18 villages were killed in another recent attack in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.

Rikiji said over 35 persons were killed in the attack.

Addressing journalists in Gusau on Sunday, the speaker said he had directed that all the secondary schools in the local government area be shut to accommodate displaced persons from the affected villages.

The speaker explained that he had gone to the local government area as the chairman of the state’s damage and assessment relief materials committee to ascertain the level of damage done in the last attacks when he saw women and children deserting their villages as a result of the attacks.

Continuing, Hon. Rikiji noted that when he visited the villages that were destroyed by the armed bandits, he discovered that the gunmen collected a huge amount of money from the villagers and set them ablaze.

But he insisted that the gunmen were not robbers because they did not take away the money they received.

The speaker noted that more than 12,000 people, made up of women and children, were camped in the secondary school as internally displaced persons, adding that there were also other frightening attacks in Shinkafi and Maradun Local Government Areas of the state.

He pointed out that more than 15,000 people had been killed in Shinkafi Local Government Area while over 7,500 people had been displaced.

He could not give the actual number of those that were killed in Maradun Local Government Area and those that were displaced as they were scattered all over the local government area.

He called on the Federal Government to deploy more security operatives to the state, saying it was clear that the security operatives in the state were insufficient to contain the unholy activities of the armed bandits.

Irate Youths Attack Police Station, Burn Vehicles In Zamfara

Meanwhile, some irate youths in Zurmi town, Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, attacked the community police station demanding that officers should hand over the three suspected bandits arrested by the army to them.

SP Muhammad Shehu, the Public Relations Officer of the state police command, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Gusau on Sunday said the police station was attacked on Saturday evening.

Shehu said that the angry youths also burnt down a vehicle and some motorcycles at the station.

He said the three suspects were among the bandits who attacked villages in Mashema District of Zurmi Local Government Area on July 24.

Shehu said when the news of the arrest of the suspects filtered into the town, some irate youths mobilised themselves to the police station.

He said the Divisional Police Officer of Zurmi Local Government Area and other policemen at the police station escaped with the suspects through the back fence of the station.

Shehu said, normalcy has been restored, while the suspects have already been handed over to the state police command for further investigation.

The command enjoined members of the public in the state to be law abiding and avoid taking laws into their hands.

Over 12,000 internally displaced persons from 18 communities in Zurmi Local Government Area are currently camped by the state government at some government facilities in Zurmi town.

WhatsApp: Click Here To Receive Updates on WhatsApp: ,
Twitter: @Ng_Happenings.

Share your story with us: SMS: +2348165954622, WhatsApp: +2348165954622,

Subscribe to Nigeria Happenings Newsletter via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to our news updates by email.

Join 1,487 other subscribers.