The Oasis Reporters
February 17, 2018
The story and pattern is the same everywhere. Hear the lamentation from the Emir of Zurmi, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who said where it not for the bravery of Vigilance groups who confronted the bandits, more people would have been killed.
Abubakar said 600 bandits had attempted to invade Zurmi before they were repelled by vigilantes, then added, “They came on 200 motorcycles with three persons on each bike. Each of them was well-armed. We stationed 500 vigilante members who stood their ground and gallantly fought the bandits. Unfortunately, these same bandits turned their anger on travellers and other villagers on their way here; that was why we had 39 people killed.
“These terrorists are known to us. Their major hideout is in a village called Kagara, very close to Bafarawa in Sokoto State, and a few kilometers from Shinkafi in Zamfara State. But despite several appeals to security agencies to storm the area, our appeals have failed.
“I need to state here that majority of the weapons used by bad people in this country are brought in from this area. I had reason to personally inform Zamfara State’s Director of the Department of State Services sometime back of a large cache of weapons being brought into the country but no concrete action was taken until the containers were moved away.”
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