– The police said they have arrested about 117 persons in connection with the recent killings in Gusau, Shinkafi local government areas of Zamfara state – They warned all criminals at large to repent and surrender their arms to the Police or face dire consequences when they are caught – The repeated attacks on communities are said to have left residents in perpetual fear The Zamfara state police public relations officer, Mohammed Shehu confirmed the arrest of 117 persons suspected to be connected with the recent killings in parts of the state. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Shehu said in a statement that the killings are in Gusau, Shinkafi local government areas and other parts of the state. According to him, the suspects were arrested during a raid carried out by the Special Tactical Squad of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in conjunction with the Command Tactical team on Thursday, July 19, which lasted for several hours.
He also noted that the command tactical team arrested 72 suspected bandits who specialize in using unregistered motorcycles to ferry kidnapped victims to their hideouts, while 73 unregistered motorcycles were recovered from them. The command, therefore, warned all criminals at large to repent and surrender their arms to the Police or face dire consequences when they are caught. It also enjoined members of the public to sustain their cooperation by providing timely/useful information to the police on criminal activities. This comes days after bandits stormed the villages on motorbikes, shooting sporadically at residents and carting away their livestock.
One of the villagers said 30 people were killed across the villages during the attacks, although the police authorities insisted that only three people died. However, the repeated attacks on communities have left residents in perpetual fear and anxiety. They have, therefore, called on the federal government to be more proactive in securing their lives and property, and also stop the repeated killings stemming from herdsmen-farmers clashes. Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that thirty people were reportedly killed in a raid on villages in Zamfara state by cattle rustling and kidnapping gangs. Some armed bandits on motorcycles invaded five villages in Maradun district of Zamfara state on Tuesday, July 17, afternoon, firing shots indiscriminately and stealing livestock. Jabbi Labbo, a community leader in one of the villages – Gyadde – said 26 people have so far being buried since the attack happened. Labbo said seven people were killed in Sakkida, four in Farin Zare, eight in Orawa, seven in Gyadde and four in Sabon Gari.