Zamfara in the last 7 days, like the week before it, reveals how the Military and the armed groups are engaged in a cat and mouse game. Human life remains short and brutish, as about 100 people were abducted and over 30 killed in the past week alone.
The state still suffers at the hands of armed men, including areas that witnessed a lull, following Police & Military deployments. The military is not also smiling with many of the people they were deployed to save. So far they have accused hundreds of complicity in the killings.
On Friday, four people were kidnapped in Jangeme along Gusau Magami road. The following day, three persons were also killed and scores abducted on the road to Sabon Birni from Anka by another band of armed men in
The village of Maakwa was attacked during the weekend at about 7pm. Scores of the men in the village were killed and at least 60 women, including children disappeared into the forest. They are still being held by their abductors.
Many of the displaced villagers from Maakwa (pictured here), remain stranded with no official support till date, while vigilante members from Zonai/Dandabi villages planned a counter attack to rescue the women and kids. No news yet on the rescue operations.
Many of the displaced villagers from Maakwa (pictured here), remain stranded with no official support till date, while vigilante members from Zonai/Dandabi villages planned a counter attack to rescue the women and kids. No news yet on the rescue operations. pic.twitter.com/oRupzcTQ6z
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In a new twist, local Vigilantes from Mai Awaki, Ruwan Tofa and Malele villages in Dansadau Emirate have seized dozens of Fulani women, suspected to be related to the armed groups and have vowed not to release them until the armed men release members of their own communities.
This step may likely spark another round of reprisals and worsen the mistrusts between the Hausa ethnic clusters and the Fulani people in the area that is at the root cause of the crisis. The villagers disagree, “it has worked in the past,” said a community leader in
“It started in Tofa when some Fulani armed groups invaded the community and took away some women, it was on a Thursday. The Dansadau market operates on Friday, which the Tofa people took advantage of and also seized a number of Fulani women and their little ones.
A few days after, the Fulani groups released the women in their custody and the Tofa community also freed the Fulanis.” This is how the villagers got the idea that tit for tat abductions remain the best solution because most of the villagers have now ran out of money for ransom.
Even the armed groups, according to sources, have stepped up abductions in neighbouring states like
#Kaduna, where the chances of getting money for ransom are most likely. Without the hideouts in Zamfara many of these armed groups will find it difficult to operate in the region.