By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
The Speaker of Zamfara State House of Assembly, Alhaji Sanusi Garba Rikiji has lamented the insistent wanton killings of innocent people in some parts of the states which has led to the displacement of about 12,000 people and death of scores of people within a week.
Rikiki who is the the Chairman of the State Government Relief and Damage Assessment Committee made the disclosure at the Emir of Zurmi’s Palace while on assessment visit to the areas affected by the bandits attacks in the local government area.
He said it was very sad and unfortunate that despite all efforts, the bandits have continued to wreck havoc in some parts of the state.
Rikiji said the state was under siege and called on the Federal Government to provide urgent security intervention to the state.
The Speaker described the situation in Zurmi and other local government areas of the state as worrisome and therefore, tasked security agencies to buckle up to the challenges.
He said information indicated that some of the displaced persons died while running from their communities to Zurmi town while some pregnant women delivered new babies on their way to Zurmi.
“What we have seen here today is very very unfortunate, very devastating, over 12, 000 persons especially women and children have been displaced from their homes by the bandits. We have directed the State Commissioner of Education to close all the schools in this area to accommodate these displaced people.”, he said.
Earlier, the Emir of Zurmi, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku described the activities of the bandits as barbaric and therefore tasked government to provide security in the area to fasten the return of the displaced people back to their communities.
“If we leave these people here, we don’t know what will happen in the future, we are afraid of the future of these children and it is your responsibility as government to protect lives of these people”, he said.
Similarly, the state deputy governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala Muhammad, who was also on the condolence visit to the affected areas, urged people of the state to embark on fervent prayers to seek Allah’s intervention to overcome the situation.
He said that the state government will continue to put in place measures and collaborate with security agencies to rid the state of bandits and other forms of criminality.
“Insha Allah, we are going to continue discussions with security agencies on how to address this situation”, he said.
The villages worst hit by the bandits attacks in the last three days are Kwaddi, Gambiru, Inwala, Kudugum and Gambisu villages in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.
The bandits in a space of just one week attacked and displaced about 18 towns and villages in the local government area alone, leading to the deaths of over 50 people and turning about 12,000 to Intenally Displaced Persons (IDPs).