Banditry: Villagers protest, convey corpse to Zamfara govt house

Over 100 villagers from Jirrawa community in Kaura-Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Saturday besieged Government House, Gusau with a body alleged to have been killed by bandits earlier in the day in the village.
Spokespersons for the community, Muntari Abdullahi and Muhammadu Sani told the News Agency of Nigeria that the bandits invaded the village around 10:00 a.m. and shot indiscriminately.
“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 rain of last night,” Abdullahi narrated.
He said the deceased was just recovering from a gunshot wound inflicted on him when the bandits attacked the village four months ago during which Shafiu’s father was murdered.
“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 came out and said, ‘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. 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.
“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 a phone call that they also killed one Bala Danrabi, a vigilance group leader, who has always fought the bandits,” he said.
Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Nagogo expressed shock at the attack but told NAN that such occurrences should be expected during conflict resolution.
“I can confidently assure you that the peace initiative by Governor 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.
“I’m 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,” he said.

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