It doesn’t need to reach your doorstep to seek for justice/ peace/interference or call it whatever. “We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us” your voice could make the difference!! #MarchForZamfara
I don’t know why Nigerians will have to resolve to activism and all before government perform their responsibilities. Zamfara has been a flashpoint of killings since 2017, no decisive action to stop the daily killings since then. #WeDeserveBetter#MarchForZamfara
For all those who stage out to #MarchForZamfara to demand the government to #StopTheKillings of innocent lives & lost of properties, a very big thank you to you all & i pray baba @MBuhari will look & come to this people’s lives, they’re also part of Nigeria & deserve better
It is sad reading some of the tweets on the #MarchForZamfara. What has befallen us? Where is our humanity? Irrespective of who Zamfara voted, the reality is, we have a govt and we should hold them accountable for their insensitivity to the killing of Nigerians.
President Buhari, however, reassured Nigerians that ending banditry remained a key priority of his administration.
He promised to do whatever it takes to ensure the country’s security system confronts the criminals with merciless determination.
The President condoled with all those affected by the unfortunate events and faulted those who he said were politicising such incidents.
He said, “The politicisation of tragedy reveals the darkest sides of our primitive politics. Almost every week, I summon my security chiefs to get an update on the strategies being devised to defeat these mass murderers.
“There is no issue that dominates my mind every 24 hours like security because, as an elected President, protecting the citizens of my country is one of the primary functions of my administration.”
Highlighting other efforts to tackle insecurity in the country, President Buhari said, “I constantly listen to our security personnel in order to understand their problems and needs, and I have never hesitated to attend to those needs in terms of motivating and equipping them to respond effectively to our security challenges.”
“It is, therefore, ridiculous to suggest that I am indifferent to these killings. I have ordered rapid and robust deployment of troops to all the areas currently under attack from bandits and we are determined to tackle this challenge ferociously until these remorseless killers are crushed and utterly defeated,” he added.
The President, however, called on communities affected by banditry to support and cooperate with the security agencies, particularly the recently launched Operation Puff Adder to battle the criminals.
He said it was regrettable that bandits have informants within some communities and utterly reprehensible that certain communities have signed protection deals with bandits at the expense of other communities, thereby creating complications and frustrating government’s intervention.
He appealed to communities to report suspicious movements of bandits into their areas within the shortest available opportunity, saying intelligence was critical to defeating the criminals.
The Kaduna State Police says it has killed 18 suspected armed bandits and arrested 56 others.
According to the police, these suspects are alleged to be responsible for the killings and kidnappings in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state and some communities in neighbouring Zamfara State.
The Force also said it has arrested a gang that was responsible for the killing of some security personnel in Birnin Gwari two months ago.
Parading the suspects before newsmen at Katari Divisional Police Station in Kaduna state, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said they were arrested by the Joint Police Special Team deployed by the Inspector General of Police to curb the incessant attacks on innocent citizens.
The Nigeria Police Force on Monday said three suspects had been arrested in connection with the killings in Zamfara State.
A statement from the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, indicated that the suspects were assisting the police in the investigation into the crime.
According to him, the suspects are: Halilu Garba (Alias Mabushi) ‘M’ 45 yrs, Zubairu Marafa (Alias Wakili) ‘M’ 45yrs, Nafi’u Badamasi (Alias Zakiru) ‘M’ 40yrs.
This development comes three days after the Zamfara State Police Command confirmed the death of at least 18 persons in a fresh attack by gunmen in Birane village in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.
Following this recent attack, Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Sunday deployed additional three units of Police Mobile Force to the affected area.
The three mobile units of the police deployed in the state were to ensure effective cover of forest areas and bushes in the state and prevent further attacks.
With the arrests of the three suspects, it confirms the fulfilment of the police boss who promised to thoroughly investigate the deadly attack in order to bring the killers to justice.
He, however, described the killings as a worrisome development. The police also assured that upon conclusion of its investigation, the suspects would be arraigned in court.
The social media on Friday went agog after gunmen attacked Birane village, Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State killing 18 residents in the process.
The gunmen suspected to be herdsmen attacked the village when hunters from Birani village intercepted and accosted a herder in the bush with some cattle and sheep suspected to have been stolen.
The herdsmen later returned to the village killing 18 persons.
The year 2018 began with reports of killings in various part of the country hitting the headlines. President Muhammadu Buhari in reaction to the New Year tragedy which occurred in Rivers, Ilorin, Benue and Kaduna State expressed shock and condoled with the victims.
The year continued with increased attacks and death recorded in communities in Kaduna, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Benue, Ekiti, Oyo, Ogun among others.
Nigerians including Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State and Senator Shehu Sani in the wake of the attack took to their Twitter handle to lament the spate of killings in various part of the country birthing a trend #Zamfara #Zamfaramassacre
Read tweets below…
The bloodshed in Zamfara is yet another tragedy in a series.There is no enough tears to cry.Mourning is becoming part of our lives.Everyday is becoming a burial day.funeral is becoming a daily service.The most tragic of all tragedies is when tragedy is no more a headline.
We can’t be celebrating the apparent defeat of BH while “unknown” gunmen claim lives in Zamfara and it’s environs. We can’t be tying the knot on one side while having a loose knot on the other. Insecurity is consuming us, it’s making life difficult. #ZamfaraMassacre
My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families of those killed in Birani village in Zurmi Local Government Area, Zamfara. No place in Nigeria should be unsafe for our people to live in. May Almighty Allah comfort them.
The #zamfaramassacre is unfortunate. This should bring to the fore that security of lives is our collective responsibility. Just like Benue, the minister of defense and the governor of Zamfara should be grounded till at killings are stopped.
The Police in Zamfara State on Thursday confirmed the death 18 persons in a fresh attack by gunmen in Birane village, Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.
The Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Muhammad Shehu confirmed to Channels Television that the attack was a reprisal.
Shehu said the trouble started on Tuesday when hunters from Birani village of Zurmi Local Government Area intercepted and accosted a herder in the bush with some cattle and sheep suspected to have been stolen.
The cattle rustlers according to Shehu, however, ran away to later return to Isah Local Government Area of Sokoto State, mobilised bandits to attack the hunters.
He assured that the command’s Intelligence Unit has already embarked on an investigation to arrest the perpetrators of the attack.
The death toll of those killed by unknown gunmen while having a security meeting in Yargaladima area of Dansadau community in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Saturday and Sunday has risen to 200.
An eyewitness told Channels Television that over 100 gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers arrived on motorbikes at the venue of the meeting which was discussing the security challenge in the area and the neighbouring Kaduna and Niger States.
The gunmen surrounded the entire building and later opened fire on those at the meeting, killing about 200 people on the spot. Several others were said to have sustained various degrees of injuries while some took to their heels escaping into nearby bushes.
The town has been deserted, with women and children fleeing for safety.
Confirming the incident, the spokesman for Zamfara State Police Command, Lawal Abdullahi, dispelled the claim that 200 peole were killed, maintaining that the death toll was 72. He decried the illegal meeting of local vigilante and hunters without the approval and protection of the police as being responsible for the attack.
He said that the State Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Bichi, and the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of zone 10, Mamman Sule, were at the scene of the incident to ascertain the number of casualties, adding that security has been beefed up in the community since the incident occurred.
Already, the state Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, has visited the affected community where he sympathised with the people over the ugly incident and appealed to them to take heart and prayed that God would grant the souls of those killed eternal rest.
He said that the government would do its best to stop future occurrence of the dastardly act, and assured the people that the culprits would be fished out and brought to book.