Crime rate in Zamfara State has been on a rise in recent times. Zamfara is a state in northwestern Nigeria. Its capital town is Gusau and its Governor is Bello Matawelle. The state is populated with Hausa and Fulani people who are mostly farmers and cattle rearers.
It is reported that 41 farmers have been killed in two suburbs, Tofa and Samawa in the Zamfara environs. The farmers were invaded on their farms whiles they were clearing their farms and planting crops.
It was a sudden and unexpected shootout killing the farmers at a go. The bandits tactically blocked the roads leading to the two villages and also shot other farmers returning to their homes.
It is stated categorically by a witness of the raid Malam Balarabe that the mission of these bandits was not to steal the farm produce of the deceased farmers but to kill the farmers on the spot.
Now, while the number of the dead farmers on record currently is 41, the spokesperson for the police in the person of Mohammed Shehu says they are yet to ascertain if there are more casualties in this attack. A police investigation has however been launched and embarked. The police will not rest until the full details of the crime has been ascertained and the culprits apprehended.
Mohammed Shehu also adds that the reason for the delay in getting to Tofa the area of the first attack is because the police department in the area were not alerted on time until after the bandits had raided and committed this atrocity on the good farmers of the Community.
It is however pleasing to note that upon the bandits move to Samawa their next area of attack, the police were informed earlier hence were ready for the bandits and released serious gunfire on them. This collision between the police and the bandits left several bandits injured and killed.
Per report, some of the bandits are said to have escaped with gunshot wounds. The police spokesperson regrets to announce the demise of one of the police operatives.
It is devastating to know that until recently Anka a town in Zamfara State was also attacked by Bandits on the Bagega-Anka road however no death was recorded in this attack.
From these attacks, there is evidence of serious bandit presence in Zamfara and critical attention is needed to prevent more casualties.