Weeks after “peace meeting”, bandits attack Zamfara community, killing five residents

At least five residents were confirmed dead and several seriously injured after bandits attacked the Magazu village of Tsafe local government area in Zamfara state on Tuesday night. The attack came weeks after residents of the predominantly Hausa community held a peace meeting with bandits operating in the area. Many of the bandits are of the Fulani lineage. Balarabe Shehu, a local from Tsafe town, said he knew two of the slain residents. “I know that Mustapha Abdullahi and Ibrahim Ahmad were among the five people killed. Mustapha Abdullahi was the first to die even before the bandits entered the community because they saw him working on his farm. “I heard that Ibrahim Ahmad was killed while he was running for his life after the bandits entered the village. He was shot along with his brother Musa, but the brother is not dead,” Shehu said. He said the three remaining residents killed were also men. Shehu added that at least 15 residents were admitted to Tsafe General Hospital after the bandit attack. “Honestly, I can’t tell you the number of injured. Many have been seriously injured. Some of them were not shot, but were injured while trying to escape the attack. I heard that some have not been taken to the hospital,” he said. peace meeting Magazu community is one of the troubled villages in the Tsafe local government area of ​​the state. Sources told PREMIUM TIMES that bandit leaders in the area such as Ada Aleru and Hassan Nabamanu considered Magazu to be too hostile to the Fulani, making it an easy target for gunmen. In March, PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported how a peace meeting between Mr. Aleru and some local government elders in Tsafe led to a ceasefire for a few weeks. But Aleru said he would not spare Magazu and other communities deemed too hostile to the Fulani. A police source who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media told PREMIUM TIMES how leaders of the Magazu community approached the leaders of some bandits for dialogue. “Five or four days ago there was a meeting between the bandit leaders, especially Ada Aleru and her people on one side and community leaders on the other where some agreements were made. The community elders searched for a window so that the people in it could work on their farmland while the bandits demanded a safe route from the community elders,” the source said. she said. The source added that the bandit leader also told Magazu residents to stop killing innocent Fulani. When asked if the bandits who carried out the attacks were from the same camp as those who participated in the peace meeting, he said he did not know. “You know how these bandits are, they are many and they have different camps and that is one of the reasons why it is impossible to reach an agreement with them. It is possible that the bandits who carried out the attack were not part of the agreement, ”he said. Shehu, from the city of Tsafe, confirmed that there was a peace meeting between the people of Magazu and the bandits. The spokesman for the police command in Zamfara state, Mohammed Shehu, did not respond to calls or SMS sent to him during the attack. Northwestern states of Zamfara, Katsina, KadunaSokoto and Kebbi, as well as north-central Niger, have witnessed an increase in the number of bandit attacks that have led to the death and displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. Banditry is a code for organized crimes like kidnapping for ransom, cattle rustling, armed robbery, etc. SEE: Governor Yahaya Bello’s roadmap to Hope 2023 Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Weeks after “peace meeting”, bandits attack Zamfara community, killing five residents