– Fifty villages are said to have been ransacked by armed bandits in Zamfara state
– The Councillor, Maradun ward, Sirajo Madugu, said the attacks by the bandits have increased the number of Internally Displaced Persons in the area – According to Madugu, some residents were leaving their villages due to the attacks, while others for fear of imminent attack Armed bandits attacks on Zamfara have continued to increase the number of Internally Displaced Persons in Maradun Local Government area of the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that victims from different villages in the local government area are continuously moving to Maradun town. Five IDPs camps have now been established while registration is on going at all the centers.
Addressing newsmen at one of centers, the Councillor, Maradun ward, Sirajo Madugu, said communities from about 50 villages had been sacked by bandits. Madugu said some communities were leaving their villages due to the attacks, while others for fear of imminent attack.
He said: “We cannot ascertain the number of displaced persons for now because it is increasing by the day.”
The chairman of the council, Alhaji Yahaya Shehu, warned the IDPs to report any suspected person among them, to prevent informers from infiltrating the camps. The chairman said with assistance of the state government, all the necessary requirement by the IDPs would be provided. Meanwhile, previously reported that thousands of Nigerians living in Zamfara state are allegedly living in fears as a daily killings and kidnappings by armed bandits.
Amnesty International said the conflict between between farmers and herders have displaced thousands of people since it began in 2012. The agency said failure of Nigerian authority has left villagers at the mercy of armed bandits. AI also claimed that the repeated claims by the Nigerian authorities that the situation is been tackled is erroneous.