Killings persist in Zamfara, yet Yari stays away


Killings by bandits have persisted in Zamfara state amid grumbling that Governor Abdul’aziz Yari has stayed away from the state for days.

More than 40 people have been killed in the last two weeks in the renewed attacks by armed bandits and cattle rustlers who had attacked many communities.

There was a mass protest in Tsafe local government area of the state on Monday over increased killings by bandits across the state.

Governor Yari did not return to the state after the protest which led to the killing of many people.

He had handed over the state to the speaker of the State House of Assembly, Sanusi Garba Rikiji before he left the state, boycotting the Deputy Governor Ibrahim Wakkala Mohammed, who is in the state.

Asked why Yari did not hand over to his deputy, the Commissioner of Information, Alhaji Muhammad Danjari Kotorkoshi, said he wouldn’t want to talk on the matter.

“It is between him (the deputy governor) and the governor. So, I won’t comment on it,” he said.

Speaking yesterday during an assessment visit by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Baba Abubakar, Rikiji, who is now the acting governor noted killings have persisted in the state.

Rikiji said people were being killed and kidnapped on a daily basis in the state.

“It is no longer news that people are being killed every day, people are being kidnapped, the law-abiding citizens of the state,” he said.

He, however, thanked the Nigerian troops and other security operatives deployed to the state, for their efforts in containing the onslaught by bandits.



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