Zamfara Killings: Senators Demand Action As Ekweremadu Calls For State Of Emergency

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A file photo of the Senate during plenary at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja on December 18, 2018. Photo: [email protected]

 

Senators are demanding an end to the Zamfara killings as the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has called for the declaration of a State of Emergency.

A lawmaker, Senator Kabiru Marafa, during plenary on Wednesday asked the Federal Government to step up its efforts in solving the crisis in the state.

He presented a motion calling for its intervention, a situation where he said many lives have been lost and properties destroyed.

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The Senator has on several occasion, drawn the attention of lawmakers to the killings in Zamfara state.

He has therefore asked for a Presidential Initiative in Zamfara with a ten-year life span to cater to the needs of displaced persons in the state.

Mr. Ekweremadu also called for the introduction of state police within the country’s security architecture.

He said the insecurity in the state has reached the point where the State of Emergency should be declared in Zamfara, to help stabilise the state.

Group Protests In Abuja, Demands End To Zamfara Killings

 

A group of people on Saturday held a protest to condemn the killing of innocent people in Zamfara State by armed bandits.

The protesters, most of whom were indigenes of Zamfara, staged the protest in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

They called on President Muhammadu Buhari urgently to come to the aid of the people of the state and stop the killings and other criminal activities in the state.

The protesters decried that the security situation in Zamfara was worrisome, adding that it has resulted in apprehension and loss of lives.

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They explained that the protest was held to call the attention of the Federal Government to the rate of banditry and kidnappings among other crimes in the state.

The demonstrators decried the inability of the government to completely bring the activities of the criminals to an end, saying that the situation was worsening.

They called on the President to order the security agencies to give more attention to the security situation in Zamfara.

Although they said there were security challenges in the country, the case of Zamfara was one that needed urgent attention.

The group took a swipe at political office holders, alleging that they have failed to show concern to the plight of those who elected them.

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The protest took place following reports which emerged on Friday that several people were killed by bandits at a community in Kaura Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Some members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) were said to be among those who lost their lives to the incident which occurred on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to condemn the killings in Zamfara while others asked the government to be proactive in handling the situation.

Read some of the tweets below:

Zamfara Killings: I’m One Of The Unhappiest Leaders In The World, Says Buhari

Zamfara Killings: I’m One Of The Unhappiest Leaders In The World, Says Buhari
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President Muhammadu Buhari has described himself as one of the unhappiest leaders in the world.

He said this on Saturday in reaction to the reported incidents of banditry and kidnappings in Zamfara State and some parts of the country.

“How can I be happy and indifferent to the senseless killings of my fellow citizens by bandits?” the President was quoted as saying in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu.

He added, “I am human, and I understand the pains of the victims and their families who have been traumatised and impoverished by constant ransom demands by bandits.”

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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.

Police Kill 18 Suspected Armed Bandits, Arrest 56 In Kaduna, Zamfara

Police Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, while parading the suspects alongside arms and ammunition retrieved from the suspects on Friday, May 11, 2018.

 

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.

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Moshood further disclosed that 64 AK47 rifles, ammunition and 11 vehicles were recovered from the bandits during an operation that lasted for several hours.

In recent time, increased activities of criminals along the Birnin Gwari-Zamfara road have created fear and anxiety among road users as well as residents of the area.

With the latest onslaught against the criminal elements, the residents, however, have a renewed hope that crime may soon be eradicated in the state.

Police Arrest Three Suspects Linked To Zamfara Killings

Two Of Four Missing Policemen Found ‘Unhurt’ In Benue
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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.

We’ve Seen Too Much Blood! Nigerians Lament Killings After Zamfara Attack

File photo of a woman crying after an attack on Adamawa community by gunmen.

 

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

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Police Confirm Death Of 18 Persons In Zamfara Attack

Three Policemen Missing In Zamfara After Attack By Suspected Rustlers

 

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.

Zamfara Attack: Eye Witness Says 200 Killed

fulani_gunmenThe 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.