Bandits kill 10, kidnap over 100 miners in Zamfara – Emir

Bandits kill 10, kidnap over 100 miners in Zamfara – Emir
Charles Nwoke, Gusau, Nigeria
March 10, 2021 

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The Emir of Anka, Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad, has revealed that no fewer than 100 miners operating between Anka and Maru Local Government Area Councils of Zamfara State have been abducted by bandits.

Alhaji Ahmad, who doubles as the Chairman Zamfara State Traditional Ruler’s Council, disclosed this in Gusau on Tuesday when the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor led other service chiefs on an assessment visit to Gov. Bello Matawalle.

According to the Royal Father, the bandits equally terminated the lives of 10 persons during an ambush at a mining site in the state.

He said the unfortunate incident, which happened on March 2 this year, was obscured by the kidnapping of the 279 GGSS, Jangebe girls, by another criminal gang that occurred on that same day.

Alhaji Ahmad said, “The bandits have been attacking those involved in artisanal mining and carting away their money and property.

“There is a disconnect between miners and bandits in the state, so we were surprised when the declaration of ‘no-fly zone’ was recently slammed on our state over suspected arms supply and illegal mining when the state does not even have an airport.

“We know that there are states with more security challenges than Zamfara and we expected that if such orders would be issued, it should also cover such states.

“Our artisanal miners, who are licensed, have been very helpful to the state’s economic growth and they have played significant roles in ameliorating the hardship faced by IDPs in the state by supporting them.”

The first-class Monarch, who called for more security forces to combat banditry in the state, noted that “the peace and dialogue initiative of our governor has become necessary because at the moment we have less than 5,000 security men fighting over 30,000 bandits.”

He, therefore, assured the service chiefs that people in the state would continue to pray for their breakthrough and pleaded on the service chiefs to ensure that there is synergy among all Military Forces during operations to block all escape routes against the hoodlums.

Reacting to the Royal Father’s statement, the CDS commended the role played by the Monarch in fighting crime and urged them to tour the same path to engage their subjects in giving valuable and credible information that would lead to the containment of banditry in the state.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration would intensify its peace and dialogue as well as give the needed support to the security in sustaining aggression against heart-hardened bandits, who have refused to repent and turn to a new life.