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Protesting Zamfara Community Barricades Govt House, Blames For Withdrawal Of Troops

Vaseline 3 months ago

Tensions arose in Gusau, the capital of Zamfara State, on Sunday when residents of Bini village in Maru Local Government Area blocked the government building.

The villagers said they were protesting against the withdrawal of security personnel from their village amid incessant attacks by bandits.

The villagers, who were present in large numbers, blocked the main gate of the Government House, insisting that they would not leave unless the soldiers were deployed in their community.

The tense situation caused vehicular movements around the government building as the protesters occupied the main roads by sitting on the ground.

The leader of the protesters, who gave his name as Sani Aliyu, said bandits were currently in their village and were operating freely as there were no security personnel to confront them.

According to him, the soldiers who were earlier sent to the village to fight the bandits were later withdrawn.

He said bandits had taken over almost the entire community.

“Most of the villagers have fled to other places within and outside the state.

“We have reported to the authorities about the critical situation we are in, but no action has been taken, that is why we are not going anywhere. We will stay here until the state government mobilizes security personnel to our village to protect us,” Aliyu said.

Another resident, Mallam Umar Salisu, confirmed to the Nigerian News Agency that they had to flee the community following the withdrawal of military personnel from the area.

“There used to be soldiers attached to our village. Some of them were killed by bandits, while others were withdrawn on Sunday.

“There are no security personnel in our area now. That is why we have decided to take all our women and children to Government House and ask for government intervention,” Salisu said.

Another fleeing member of the community, Hajia Aisha Usman, expressed dismay over the condition of people in the community.

“We are very concerned. We receive threats of attacks from bandits every day.

“There are no security personnel to protect us. We seek government intervention,” she said.

Yet another community member, Malam Wakkala Gurgu, said: “We decided to come to Government House to inform the government about security threats in our community.

“We want the government to take swift action when it comes to the security situation. Bandits are currently in our communities.

“We want the government to help us and send security personnel to our area,” Gurgu said.

Addressing the protesters on behalf of the state government, the Commissioner for Education, Wadatau Madawaki, sympathized with them and commended them for the maturity they displayed during the demonstration.

The commissioner said: “The bandits have been on the rampage these days to force the state government to have a dialogue with them.

“Governor Dauda Lawal has made it clear since the day he took office that he would not reconcile with the bandits but will continue to fight them until they surrender.”

The commissioner said the state government had directed the army to send its personnel to the village without further delay.

“I would like to sympathize with you on behalf of the state government on the situation you are in.

“The state government has instructed the army to escort you back to your village and they will remain there until the situation improves,” he said.