Army neutralises 39 bandits in Zamfara

No fewer than 39 armed bandits were said neutralises by soldiers in two different operations in Zamfara this week, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Capt. Oni Orisan, Operation Hadarin Daji spokesman, who disclosed this to NAN on Saturday said the operations were carried out in Bakura and Anka axis of the state.

According to him, 19 of the bandits were killed in an encounter with the army in the bushes of Anka while the 20 were killed in Bakura.

Orisan reiterated that the soldiers would not attack any repentant bandit.

He, however, said that those unrepentant ones who carry guns and move around in large numbers would be treated as hostile.

He advised the unrepentant bandits to surrender their arms to constituted authorities and embrace the peace initiative of the state government.

NAN reports that since the beginning of the peace and reconciliation initiative about five months ago, peace has returned to many communities.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai visited the state recently, promised that the army would continue to work for the sustenance of peace in the state.

Zamfara bandits have made over N3b from 3,672 victims

A committee set up by the state governor has advised him to set up a judicial commission of inquiry backed by law to address all forms of banditry.

For Illustrative Purpose: Bandits in Zamfara state have made over N3b from their victims. [Timely Post]

Banditry has become a serious security challenge in Nigeria and Zamfara is one of the states, where kidnapping is arguably a means of livelihood for bandits.

In a bid to end activities of bandits in the state, a committee set up by the state governor, Bello Matawalle to find solutions to kidnapping in Zamfara has said that bandits have made over N3b as ransom from relatives of their victims.

The Chairman of the committee, Mohammed Abubakar, a former inspector-general of police (IGP) made this known on Friday, October 11, 2019, while presenting the committee’s report to the governor.

Abubakar the report, which covered the period from June 2011 to May 29, 2019, showed that bandits in Zamfara have collected over N3bn as ransom from 3,672 victims.

Over the period, the committee chairman said a total of 4,983 women were widowed, 25,050 children orphaned and 190,340 persons displaced in the state.

“Innocent Fulani herdsmen” lost 2,015 cattle, 141 sheep and goats, 2,600 donkeys and camels to rustlers while 147,800 vehicles, motorcycles, and others were burnt at different times and locations within the period”, he added.

Proffering solution to the problem, the former IGP said the state government should take over all farmlands situated on grazing routes in the state to achieve sustained peace.

He also advised the state government to adopt modern livestock farming to encourage herders to remain in one place.

According to TheCable, the committee also recommended unconditional disarmament and setting up of a judicial commission of inquiry backed by law to address all forms of banditry in the future.

In the committee’s recommendations, the state government was also urged to partner neighboring state governments to rehabilitate interstate roads to facilitate easy movement of security personnel and general public.

Receiving the report, governor Bello promised to implement all the recommendations of the committee, adding that he would make it clear that personal relationship, sectional, geographical, religious and ethnic interests will have no role to play in the decision.

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