In 2 months: Zamfara bandits rake N3bn as ransom
… Kill 6,319, orphan 25,000, burn 3,587 houses
From Bala Abubakar, Gusau
The committee charged with the responsibility to finding solution to the armed banditry that militated against Zamfara State, which was constituted by Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle of the state, has said that between May and June this year, at least 3,587 houses have been burnt due to the actions of bandits.
The chairman of the committee, former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Muhammad Dahiru Abubakar, disclosed this recently while submitting the report to the governor at Government House, Gusau, the capital of the state.
Alhaji Abubakar further told the governor that about 6,319 people, including women and children have lost their lives within the period under review following the incidents.
He said during the view period, a total of 3,581 houses were burnt, while 3,672 people were kidnapped.
The former Inspector General of Police said a total of N3 billion was paid to bandits as ransom before the victims regained their freedom, adding that out of those who lost their lives, 4,000 were males who left over 25,000 orphans in the state.
He said over 190 people were displaced as legitimate Fulani and other cattle breeders and lost over 215,000 cows and over 141,000 sheep and goats.
Among the 132 pages recommendation by the committee suggested that five Emirs and 33 district heads be dethroned for their involvement in the banditry activities, saying that about 10 army officers are to be court martial and recommended for the dismissal of three policemen and the promotion of seven policemen.
He suggested that the government should revoke all land allocation on grazing reserve across the state made by the previous administration in the state.
In his remarks while receiving the report, Governor Matawalle pledged to implement the submission of the committee, thanking them for a job well done.