As Katsina Vigilante Versus Bandits Clash Hits 36 Dead, Buhari cuts short Dubai trip And Returns

The Oasis Reporters

April 10, 2019

President Buhari hurries back home.

While Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari was out of the country on official engagements in Amman, Jordan since April 4 when he departed Abuja to honour an invitation by King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan to participate in the World Economic Forum (WEF) with a schedule to return to Abuja from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday at about 1.30a.m, airport protocol officers were surprised to see the presidential aircraft taxiing on the tarmac at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport, Abuja on Tuesday night, a day ahead of schedule.

The president who on Sunday moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), participated in the ninth edition of the Annual Investment Meeting, as well as hold bilateral talks while meeting with different groups of investors at the sidelines of the Annual Investment Meeting.

Security affairs analysts say the unusual event might not be unconnected with security developments in Zamfara, Kaduna and most importantly Katsina his home state, where no fewer than 36 persons were killed in a clash between vigilantes and bandits in Tsaminyar-Jino community in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The development, according to the residents, started on Sunday when the vigilantes killed one Baban Kusa, a suspected bandit terrorising the community.

The vigilantes were said to have stormed the community market at about 1:39.p.m and killed Kusa, which led to a reprisal by the bandits.

The police, however, said 14 people were killed during the clash.

Katsina State governor, Aminu Masari.

Confirming the clash to newsmen on Tuesday, the Village Head of Tsamiyar Jino, Alhaji Ja’afaru Bello, said 36 persons were killed and many sustained varying degrees of injuries.

He said: “The reports I received indicate that 36 persons were killed during the unfortunate incident. As I speak to you corpses have littered our farmlands.

“We called the security personnel, but when they came and saw what was going on they just left without any information. So, we were scared of retrieving the corpses yesterday.

“But since the security personnel could not retrieve them. I directed my subjects this morning to retrieve the corpses for mass burial today.”

A victim of the clash, Malam Shuaibu Tsamiya, said: “They killed my two brothers and my son at Ungwar Sarkin-Aiki and denied us access to their corpses. The number of people killed in this community is more than 40.”

Another resident, who pleaded anonymity, said 27 persons were killed at Unguwar Rabo, while eight were also massacred at Unguwar Sarkin Aiki and one at Centar Na Ade.

The source lamented that despite the repeated attacks on Tsamiya and other local governments in Katsina, the bandits still moved freely during the act without being challenged by security operatives.

According to him, “It is just like there is no constituted authority or security agencies in Katsina State. Nobody cares about our lives. We have become easy prey for bandits in the state.”

When contacted, the Katsina State Police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, said: “Only 14 people died. Security personnel have been mobilised to the area.

“Out of this figure, seven are bandits while the remaining seven are members of the civilian JTF also known here as Yan Sakai. The civilian JTF went into the forest to fight the bandits having refused to heed police advice.”

Security concerns have heightened in Nigeria’s north west axis, as opposed to the north east region that has remained the epicenter of the Boko Haram Islamists insurgency that has led to several thousands of both Christians and Muslims, dead, with scores of towns and villages burned to the ground. The insurgency has spread to several parts of West and Central Africa, that has included Cameroon, Chad, Niger Republic etc.

The North west banditry seem less of a religious insurgency, but with government’s outright ban on gold mining operations in the area make analysts believe that the unbridled and morbid lust to massacre people there might not be unconnected with the gold rush, reminiscent of the diamond wars that plunged Sierra Leone and Liberia into wars and massacres that made the world shudder to the extent of including blood diamonds into the agenda of the war crimes commission for the two West African countries that so far has seen former Liberian warlord, Charles Taylor in prison.

Additional reporting :

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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