Residents flee Zamfara communities as bandit attacks intensify

Hundreds of residents of the Magazu and Marke communities in the Tsafe local government area of ​​Zamfara state have fled their homes due to relentless raids and attacks by armed men, known locally as bandits. Residents of the areas told PREMIUM TIMES that Magazu, one of the largest neighborhoods in Tsafe, is deserted. According to the sources, tired of the relentless attacks of the gunmen, people began to leave the city on Thursday night. By Friday morning, almost everyone in the town had fled. Bandit attacks on Tsafe local government are more frequent than in other parts of Zamfara, which is plagued by worsening insecurity. The gunmen, operating in the northwestern region of Nigeria, have killed thousands of people and injured even more. They loot villages and farmlands and steal cattle. Communities are taxed before they can farm and defaulters are killed or kidnapped. The gunmen also operate a widespread kidnap-for-ransom operation throughout the region. They specifically target travelers, students at educational institutions, and government offices. Experts say his kidnap-for-ransom operation is perhaps the worst in the country’s history. Since the government does not protect the residents of the areas, many communities have established vigilante groups to resist bandits. However, this has worsened security challenges in the area, as it has led to an explosion of tit-for-tat killings between bandits (who are mostly of Fulani origin) and vigilante groups established by the majority. of the Hausa communities in the area. We are under constant attack Abubakar Magazu, a resident who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES by phone on Friday afternoon, said residents of the cities unanimously decided to leave. He said residents unanimously decided to leave after bandits raided the town on Wednesday and kidnapped more than 30 people. “Let me be honest with you, these people will never let us rest. They have prevented us from going to farms and markets and now they won’t even let us live in peace. “On Wednesday, they came to our city immediately after Iftar (Muslim fast breaking) and kidnapped more than 30 residents and looted property. As big as this community is, no one has more than two goats or any pets at home because the bandits have stolen them,” he said. He said the bandits attacked the city again on Thursday night but did not kidnap anyone. “We are always afraid,” he said. “After the attack on Wednesday, we decided to leave the town. Some people started dating yesterday (Thursday). They attacked those of us who slept in the town yesterday, but I think they were there to scare us because they didn’t take anything or anyone,” he said. A youth leader in Tsafe, Samaila Usman, said residents of Magazu and Marke have been flocking to the local government headquarters since Friday afternoon. Police command spokesman Mohammed Shehu did not respond to calls and SMS messages sent to him on the matter. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Residents flee Zamfara communities as bandit attacks intensify