A bandit leader in Zamfara State has told an Emir that the people of the State should join hands with the controversial Miyetti Allah association to forestall more bloodshed.
According to an exclusive audio obtained by Punch Newspaper, the bandit leader in a discussion with the emir said there will be peace if the people of the Emir community joins hands with the controversial Miyatti Allah Association, an umbrella body of cattle herders in Nigeria.
“You should call your chiefs and bring your people from the bushes and from the village. Anywhere you meet us, advise the people of the community to join hands with the Miyetti Allah association. This land will be peaceful.
“If they make it this way, peace will reign. But to say you will call police and soldiers to Zamfara, this will not bring peace. It will continue to cause more bloodshed.”
Punchng also reported that the military source it spoke to alleged that the emir in the audio is from Zurmi, one of the troubled local government areas in the state, the name of the emir was not mentioned throughout the recording.
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali had on the 14th of April 2019 in an interview with newsmen alleged that some community leaders are linked to the bandits killing people in the state.
But traditional rulers in the state, under the Zamfara State Council of Chiefs, last week told the military to name the monarchs aiding the gangsters.
They also claimed that the Nigerian Air Force fighter jets bombed innocent civilians in their villages instead of the bandits.
On Wednesday, the traditional rulers released the names of “11 innocent civilians who were killed in air strikes on Dumburum community in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state on April 9”.
They listed the victims as Daji Barau, Na Bumburum, Suwaiba Alka, Yar Guru, Maryam Shafiu, Dahe Sule, Dan Kurma, Zaliha Dumburum, Aisha Akilu, Alamin Alka and Fati Gum.
The monarchs through the Emir of Bungudu, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, had called for an independent investigation into the matter to verify their claims.
But the NAF on Thursday denied the claims, saying the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, had constituted a panel to investigate the monarch’s claims.