Herdsmen Attack 2 Zamfara Villages, 7 Killed

RiversAt least seven people have been killed and several others injured after suspected armed herdsmen attacked two villages in Zamfara State.

Spokesman for the Zamfara State Police Command, Sanusi Amiru, told journalists that the bandits stormed Madada Village to steal petroleum products from the residents, and in the process, opened fire, killing some people on the spot.

He also disclosed that another set of armed bandits attacked Ruwan Tofa village killing some people, while many others sustained various degrees of injuries.

In the meantime, mobile and conventional policemen as well as other security operates have been deployed to the affected communities in order to restore normalcy.

NPC Commends Nigerian Police On Conduct During Polls

Police The National Peace Committee (NPC) has commended the Nigerian Police for its conduct during the 2015 presidential and National Assembly elections.

The commendation was made at the Nigerian Police Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital as members of the committee led by its Chairman, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd), embarked on a ‘thank you visit’ to key actors in the just concluded presidential and parliamentary elections.

The committee noted that the Police remained neutral even in the face of the tension before and after the elections.

The committee further urged the Police to ensure that the conduct is replicated during the governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Similarly, General Abdulsalam urged Nigerians to support the Police in the next round of polls.

The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, who expressed gratitude for the commendation, however, promised that the same conduct would be replicated during the governorship polls and beyond.

The Police have received several commendations from not only Nigerians, but the international community for its conduct during the polls.

They have been commended particularly for their arrest of some persons in possession of registration materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ona Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State.

They have also been lauded for the deployment of over 6,000 police officers to monitor Saturday’s presidential elections across the 27 Local Government Areas in Imo State.

The Police in different states across the country had, prior to Saturday’s election, given assurances of their readiness for the election.

The Imo State Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, said that the command was fully ready and prepared for the elections, urging residents not to panic as they go about their lawful duties.

The Zamfara State Police Command also assured indigenes of the readiness of the Nigeria Police and other relevant security agencies, to provide effective security and ensure smooth and orderly conduct of the election.

Zamfara Police Command Says Ready To Protect Indigenes

policeAhead of Saturday’s presidential election, the Zamfara State Police Command has assured indigenes of the readiness of the Nigeria Police Force and other relevant security agencies to provide effective security and ensure smooth and orderly conduct of the election.

The State Police Commissioner, Mr Femi Ogunbayode in a statement issued on Friday, called on residents not to panic, and go about their lawful duties as the Command had enough men on ground to safeguard their lives and property during the polls.

He said, his men have already been deployed to all the nooks and crannies of the State, including entry and exit points to ensure the State is safe during the election.

Mr Ogunbayode warned all trouble-makers and anti-social elements to stay away from Zamfara State throughout the period of the election as the “Police would not hesitate to arrest and prosecute any person, no matter how highly placed in society, who flouts the law or causes a breach of the peace”.

The Commissioner also appealed to political parties, their candidates and supporters to conduct themselves in orderly manner during the polls.

The statement further warned residents to respect the restriction order, issued by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, during the period of the election, stating that only those on official duties would be allowed to move around on election day.

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.