Fifteen people were killed, while 11 others were abducted in the state of Zamfara when a security meeting was held at the Government House on Thursday between Governor Bello Matawalle, traditional rulers, security officials and religious leaders.
Addressing the participants, Matawalle said he got phone calls that the bandits killed 13 people and abducted 11 others in the Bingi and Nahuche villages of the local government of Bungudu.
Matawalle also said that two Fulani herdsmen had also been killed by the Yansakai in the Maradun local government district.
He said, “As I am speaking to you right now, I received text messages that, 13 people were killed in Bingi and 11 others were kidnapped in Nahuche, all in the Bungudu Local Government Area.
“I also received another message just now that, some people are staging a demonstration between Anka and Jangebe.
“Another report reaching me right now indicated that the Yansakai have slaughtered two Fulani herdsmen in Maradun local government.”
Matawalle expressed surprise on how the bandits always attacked and killed people whenever he travelled out of the state.
“I wonder what is happening, but I am not surprised because I know that there are some politicians who are always happy to hear that some people are killed in Zamfara.
“Let me send a strong warning to them, that as from today, I will take a very drastic action against those politicians who are sabotaging our security efforts.”
He directed the Commissioner of Police to summon the Emir of Maradun, Alhaji Garba Tambari; and the Sarkin Arewan Maradun, Alhaji Bala, to explain how the two Fulani herdsmen were slaughtered.
Matawalle argued that he had done everything within his powers to bring an end to banditry by mediation, but regretted that “many people are against this peace process.”
Meanwhile, four people were killed by bandits in separate attacks, including the Ward Chief of Baranje Village in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Three other people were killed in the LGAs of Giwa and Igabi.
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the attacks on Thursday, said security agencies reported the killings of four people in the local government areas of Giwa, Chikun and Igabi.
He said that in the village of Baranje in Chikun LGA, two people were killed—Dogara Yahaya, the head of the Baranje village, and Reuben Adamu.
He added that in Ungwan Sada in the Giwa LGA, one Ibrahim Salisu was killed by bandits after an unsuccessful attempt to abduct him.