Bandits attack Zamfara communities, killing 83 people
Charles Nwoke, Gusau, Nigeria
Aprul 23, 2021
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At least 83 persons are feared killed following attacks by unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits in Zamfara State communities.
According to sources, the barbaric attacks left hundreds of residents, including women and children with various degrees of injuries.
Displaced persons, officials, and residents of the affected communities reported that most of the assaults, which appeared quite coordinated, occurred on Wednesday in Gusau, Maradun, and Bakura Local Government Area Councils of the troubled North-West region of Nigeria.
Aminu Suleiman, who is the sole administrator of Bakura Local Government Area Council, told newsmen that over 30 persons were gruesomely murdered in attacks in Bakura and Maradun. He, however, stated that the deaths were recorded over days of reprisal attacks between members of outlawed vigilante groups and hoodlums.
Residents of Magami, Thursday, said they had recovered 53 corpses. They explained that the attackers transited from village to village, unleashing mayhem on people unmitigated.
There was anxiety in the area that the gunmen would return to disrupt the burial of those killed victims.
Sources revealed that many of those killed were vigilantes who tried to defend their villages against the bandits attacking them.
Eyewitnesses said, the assailants wielding sophisticated weapons, attacked the villages on motorcycles. They said most of the villages had earlier been abandoned by residents following continuous raids, but that some villagers were returning for the farming season.
The affected communities consist of the following: Gobirawa, Gora, Rini, and Madoti Dankule of Maradun and Bakura Local Government Area Councils.
In the Magami district of Gusau Local Government Area Council, the affected communities include Yar Doka, Kango, Ruwan Dawa, Madaba, Arzikin Da, and Mairairai, the closest of which is seven kilometers from Gusau town.
Sources disclosed that hostilities persist in the state due to the absence of security operatives in the most affected parts. They said this has contributed to extrajudicial killings and reprisal attacks that are now common between vigilante groups and bandits.
Reacting to the unfortunate incidents, the Zamfara State Government have condemned the attacks in Maradun and Bakura, Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Dosara.
In a statement issued by the state spokesman, Governor Bello Matawalle said he was saddened by the unfortunate incidents.
Dogara stated, “The government also condoled with the families of those who lost their lives in the sad event and is taking every necessary step to ensure that the culprits are brought to book.”