No fewer than over 100 angry villagers from Jirrawa community in Kaura-Namoda local government area of Zamfara on Saturday, July 20 marched to the government house with the corpse of a fresh victim of bandit attack in the state.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protesters arrived state capital Gusau bearing the body of a victim who was reportedly killed earlier in the day in Jirrawa.
Spokespersons for the community, Muntari Abdullahi and Muhammadu Sani said the bandits invaded the village around 10am and shot sporadically in the air.
We later realised that they have already killed Shafiu Inusa on his farm while he was trying to apply fertilizer on his plants after the rains of last night,” Abdullahi narrated.
Shafiu was killed just four moths after bandits killed his father in an earlier attack. He was still recovering from a gunshot he sustained in the last attack on his family.
“It is exactly four months now when his (Shafiu) father was killed in a similar attack, because the wives of the old man are completing their four months stay at home as mandated by Islam.
“We gathered from his farm neighbour and brother that initially, one of the bandits appeared before them saying anyone who knows he is guilty should run and who is not should stay.
“Shafiu refused to run and when the others numbering over a hundred arrived, they opened fire and killed him instantly, this is his remains that we brought here for the governor to see and know that this peace initiative is not working for us,” he said.
On his part, Sani said:
“these criminals have always passed by our village without any threat or harassment until the last few months.
He added: “So far, they have attacked us more than eight times and have killed many people.
“Even while on our way to Gusau today, we received phone call that they also killed one Bala Danrabi, a vigilante leader who has always fought the bandits.”
The state’s police chief Usman Nagogo confirmed the attack, expressing shock at the attack.
“I can confidently assure you that the peace initiative by Gov. Bello Matawalle which I lead in the state is working as can be seen in the release of kidnap victims and the repentance of several bandits, but that does not mean that the hardened criminals are no longer there, they are the ones that will perpetrate this now.”
The Zamfara police boss assured that the bandits themselves are working to fish out the killers of Shafiu and hand them over to the police.
“I am in constant contact with bandits groups in all the bushes and our discussions have been positive leading to the peace we are now enjoying.
“On this Jirrawa issue, I have spoken with my contacts around the area and the repentant bandits promised to meet tomorrow and fish out the perpetrators of this latest attack and hand the culprits over to me; this is in the spirit of the partnership we are now enjoying.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng gathered Governor Matawalle is happy with the result of his efforts at stopping bandit attacks in the state.
The governor paid a visit to the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed on Saturday to express his gratitude for the Force’s help in ending attacks.
The protest came just as Legit.ng reported that bandit commanders in Birnin-Magaji local government area of Zamfara state, on Friday, July 19, agreed to suspend attacks on the people at a dialogue meeting with the state government and security officials.
The bandits also said that the coast is now clear for all those displaced by the attacks to return home.
The agreement was reached at the palace of the Emir of Birnin-Magaji.