Why angry villagers stormed Zamfara government house?

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.
He said:

“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.
Nagogo said:

“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.
He tweeted:
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.






Many Nigerians killed by soldiers during protest in Adamawa State.

Yola / Jalingo – Scores of persons were reportedly killed in Gurin, a border town in Fufore Local Government Area of Adamawa State, during a clash between soldiers and youths on Thursday.

It happened when soldiers from 23 Brigade were drafted to the town to quell a protest by youths against the ban on motorcycles.

The youths were also protesting rampant kidnappings and excessive use of force on inhabitants of Gurin by soldiers and the police.


Sources in the town said soldiers and police used live ammunition on defenceless villagers who took part in the protest.

“Tension has been building in the area for a long time as we became fed up with the insecurity and uncalled harassment by security operatives,” Musa Mallum, a resident said.

“As I am talking to you now, there is serious demonstration going on in Gurin now due to the rampant kidnapping and excessive use of force on us by soldiers and police.”

Motorcycle transport is popular in the town for ferrying people and goods, especially foodstuffs from farms.

The ban on motorcycles was part of security measures which had been stepped up in the town, being a border post vulnerable to insurgencies and other criminal activities.

According to eyewitnesses, soldiers were sent to the town in trucks when the youths started burning tyres and chanting war songs against the police and other security forces for arresting and detaining inhabitants of the town who flouted the ban on motorcycles.


The Adamawa State government, through the permanent secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Polycap Ayuba, in a statement, said the ban on the use of motorcycles was not meant to trample upon the rights of law-abiding citizens but to halt the activities of kidnappers and insurgents who use the two-wheel machine to rob and attack people.

Polycap Ayuba also appealed to the people to exercise restraints since the ban was still in force and it would be lifted at the right time.

He confirmed that soldiers were drafted by the government to put a stop to the massive demonstrations of the people of Gurin town.

Also speaking, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Jerengol, said he was aware of the problems of Gurin town and all efforts were being made to bring the situation under control.

Tiv/Jukun Crisis: Militiamen Kill 12 In Wukari

In a similar development, about 12 persons were feared killed by suspected militiamen at a roadblock at Byepi village, along Wukari-Jalingo road in Wukari, Taraba State.

Sources said 11 persons were reported to have been forced out of a vehicle conveying passengers from Zaki Biam to Jalingo by suspected militiamen. It was learnt that the 11 were taken to an unknown destination where they were hacked to death, including the driver.

According to a victim, who escaped, he was beaten, cut with machete and asked by the militias to go back to Zaki Biam and report what happened to his co-travellers.

The police spokesman in Taraba State, David Misal (DSP), however, confirmed to Daily Independent that only three persons were killed by unknown gunmen about 6p.m on Wednesday at Byepi village along Wukari-Jalingo Road.

A police officer, who was among the men on duty in the Wukari, confirmed that the ill-fated vehicle, which conveyed those passengers was still at Byepi village.





Three Zamfara Villages ransacked by armed bandits killing 17 people.

Some armed bandits operating in Zamfara state have killed 17 people in attacks in three Zamfara villages.

Daily Trust reports that the bandits attacked Birnin Magaji local government area of Zamfara state on Saturday, May 18, and killed the people.
Residents of the community said the armed men, riding motorbikes on Saturday, invaded Gidan Kaso and killed at least seven people there.


It was also gathered that gunmen also refused to allow funeral prayers for the victims.

“They refused to allow other residents to scoop the remains of the victims for burials until when security operatives and other local vigilantes mobilized and stormed the community,” one of the resident said.

Also, some armed bandits on Sunday, May 19, attacked Dan Dambo community killing four people.


The bandits also carted away domestic animals belonging to residents of the community.

Residents said: “Seven people from neighbouring Kokeya village who arrived at Dan Dambo community to offer help were also shot dead by the armed men.”

“They were killed trying to offer help to those under attack at Dan Dambo community. Residents of Gidan Kaso had earlier fled the community but recently returned,” a resident added.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that West African Action Network On Small Arms (WAANSA) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on Nigerian borders.

The group’s resolution was passed at its emergency meeting in Nigeria to mark the United Nations International Day of Living in Peace globally celebrated on May 16.

WAANSA lamented that Nigerian borders have turned to easy routes for illegal immigrants who milk the nation’s economy and are threats to the country’s national security.