Bandits abduct over 500, sack many communities in Zamfara

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Bandits abduct hundreds of villagers, sack communities in Zamfara state. 

Approximately 50 communities in the Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State have been attacked by bandits, resulting in the abduction of over 500 residents and the deaths of five people, including two police officers.

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The attacks, which have been occurring over several weeks, have caused fear among the residents, prompting many to flee their homes in search of safety.

Attacks Continue Despite Government Efforts

Lawmaker Bello Hassan, who represents the Zurmi/Shinkafa Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, stated that the attacks are ongoing despite the efforts of the federal and state governments to stop them.

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He emphasized the need to redefine the approaches used by security operatives in fighting the terrorists in Zamfara.

Security Operatives Need to be Changed

Hassan also pointed out that the security operatives deployed in Zamfara State are insignificant and that some of them have overstayed in the areas for eight to 10 years. He believes that they need to be changed, as they have stayed longer than necessary. Despite reporting this issue to the authorities concerned, no response has been received.

Communities Affected

Some of the communities affected by the attacks include Kanwa village, where the gunmen killed three people and abducted over 30 others, and Gidan Shaho in the Nasarawa area, where they killed two police officers and wounded many people. The number of people missing following the latest attack is still being ascertained.

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Government Negotiations

The Zamfara State Government has been negotiating the release of the abductees from their captors, and over 200 people have been rescued and reunited with their families. However, more needs to be done to address the security issues in the state.

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