The Federal Government has alleged that traditional rulers in Zamfara are complicit in the recent spate of killings in the state.
According to a statement on Tuesday by the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, despite the best efforts of the securtiy agencies, “some unpatriotic persons, including highly placed traditional rulers in the areas, were identified as helping the bandits with intelligence to perpetrate their nefarious actions or to compromise military operations.”
Signed by the minister’s spokesman, Col. Tukur Gusau, the statement warned individuals and groups “who choose to connive or sympathize with the bandits to perpetrate a crime against the law-abiding citizens to henceforth retrace their steps or face the full wrath of the law.”
Meanwhile, Acting Inspector General of Police (IG) Mohammed Adamu yesterday announced that the police would introduce more practical strategies to end the security challenges in Zamfara.
Speaking during an assessment of the situation in Gusau, the state capital, Adamu described the suspension of mining activities as part of the new steps to tackle insecurity.
- “We understand that there is a growing relationship between the criminals and those engaged in mining activities and we have also identified other collaborators to the criminals whom we will soon arrest,” he said.
Death toll: Zamfara Governor Abdulaziz Yari disclosed at a town hall meeting attended by Adamu, that bandits have killed 3,526 persons in the state in the last five years.
- He said nearly 500 villages have been devastated, 8,219 persons injured with some in critical condition, and over 13,000 hectares of farmlands had been destroyed.