Herdsmen/farmers conflict: Zamfara records more IDPs

– 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.

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Police arrest 117 killer suspects in Zamfara

– 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[…]

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Police start manhunt of bandits after Zamfara village attacks

– The Zamfara state police command has deployed its personnel after suspected bandits invaded some villages in the state. – Some eyewitnesses said the bandits also invaded Farin Zare, Orawa, and Sabon Gari villages also in Gidan Goga district – They claimed the attacks were carried out simultaneously in the early hours of Tuesday, July 18 while many villagers were wounded in the process The Zamfara state commissioner of police, Kenneth Ebrimson, announced that some personnel have been deployed to Sikida and Gyadde villages of Gidan Goga area of the state after suspected bandits invaded the villages. Channels TV reports that Ebrimson on Thursday, July 19, said a police patrol team responded swiftly to the distress call of attacks He said the bandits fled after killing three persons, following the arrival of the security operatives. The police commissioner noted that the team of security personnel deployed in the areas would comb the bush in the communities with the aim of arresting the perpetrators of the attacks. Some eyewitnesses said the bandits also invaded Farin Zare, Orawa, and Sabon Gari villages also in Gidan Goga district. They claimed the attacks were carried out simultaneously in the early hours of Tuesday, while many villagers were wounded in the process. The locals said the invaders 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 three people died. Meanwhile, it had reported that the SARS arrested two sergeants of the Imo state police command, Olu Hygenius and Collins Ibe, and two other officers, Timothy Chukwukere and Chidubem Anyia, for their alleged involvement in the abduction of an National Population Commission (NPC) worker, Amasike Ameleonye. Hailing from the Ideato local government area of the state, Ameleonye was kidnapped on Friday, July 6, at Okwelle in Onuimo. The kidnappers collected N5m ransom before releasing their victim. Hygenius and Ibe, who[…]

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