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.






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.





NAF aircraft neutralise several bandits in Zamfara

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its Air Task Force (ATF) for Operation DIRAN MIKIYA has neutralised no fewer than 10 bandits at Sububu Forest area in Zamfara.

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said the operation was conducted on Monday.

“This was achieved yesterday April 22 ,while the ATF was responding to a request for close air support by ground troops of Sector 7 Area of Responsibility of Operation SHARAN DAJI, who had come into contact with bandits in Shinkafi Local Government Area (LGA).

“Accordingly, the ATF dispatched two Alpha Jets and an attack helicopter to provide the needed support and also conduct armed reconnaissance over identified locations in Shinkafi LGA as well as Sububu and Dumburum Forests and environs.


“At Sububu Forest, one of the Alpha Jets spotted a group of bandits, who fired at the aircraft with their rifles, whilst running for cover.

“The Alpha Jet engaged the bandits, neutralising no fewer than 10 of them while others escaped with injuries,” he said.

Daramola said the NAF, working in consonance with surface forces and other security agencies, would sustain its operations to flush the bandits out of the North West of the Country.





FG finally intervenes in Zamfara violence, bans mining activities

The federal government of Nigeria has announced a total ban on mining activities in Zamfara state and its environs.

The decision is part of fresh measures to restore peace to the state bedevilled by banditry. Hundreds of people have been killed or kidnapped by the bandits in Zamfara in the past year.

There have been suspicions that the criminality is a fallout of the artisanal mining of gold and lead in the state, Premium Times reports.


The new measure banning mining was announced by the Inspector General of the Police, Mohammed Adamu, while briefing State House correspondents on Sunday, April 7, in Abuja.

Adamu said the government took the decision because it found out there was a relationship between the bandits and illegal miners. Adamu also announced that “all foreigners within mining sites are to leave immediately.”

He said all the sites will be taken over by a special task force comprising of relevant security agencies.

The briefing was also attended by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; the Director General of the State Security Services, Yusuf Bichi; and the Director General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai.


The decision also comes a day after dozens of people led by a prominent journalist, Kadaria Ahmed, marched in Abuja to protest the violence in Zamfara.