Zamfara govt says 2013 Killing of Fulani leader is cause of banditry, insecurity

The killing of a prominent Fulani leader in 2013 has been attributed by the Zamfara State Government as the Genesis of the crisis bedevilling the state which has led to the loss of lives and property in the state.

Hon Ibrahim Magaji Dosara, the Commissioner for Information, Zamfara State, on Friday, disclosed this in Kaduna while interacting with newsmen.

According to him, ”The Genesis of this conflict began with the killing of the most popular and highly respected Fulani leader in all the neighbouring states of Zamfara, Sokoto, and Kebbi, one Alhaji Ishe, of chilin village in Kuyambana district of Dansadau Emirate in Maru Local Government Area of the state on the 11th of April, 2013.

“Since then, Fulani in the 3 states became aggrieved and aggressive against Hausa communities from where the Yansakai who did the killing emanate,” he said.

The Commissioner added that the crisis began to worsen by the day through waves of attacks.

“With the hostilities between the Fulani and Yansakai, each decided to form a formidable group and structure, the Fulani as bandits and Hausa as Yansakai, leading to the drawing of a battle line between them with increasing waves of attacks and counter-attacks, killing scores of innocent people, destruction of valuables and burning down of houses and foodstuffs.

“To further worsen the situation, the Fulani bandits began to establish camps and started recruiting informants and new members into the banditry even among the Hausa, as well as giving them training and weapons,” he explained.

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He noted that, due to untimely attention and necessary intervention, the situation further worsened with attendant consequences of mayhem being unleashed on innocent people across the state.

“Hence, the bandits were able to establish 24 routes network across the 14 local government areas of the state, with two hundred and thirty-two (232) leaders and large followership of four thousand, eight hundred and twenty-five bandits across the state,” he added.

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