Over 100 villagers from Jirrawa community in Kaura-Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara, yesterday besieged the Government House, Gusau, with the body of a man alleged to have been killed by bandits earlier in the day in the village.
Spokespersons of the community, Muntari Abdullahi and Muhammadu Sani, told newsmen that the bandits invaded the village around 10am and shot sporadically in the air.
“We later realised that they had already killed Shafiu Inusa on his farm while he was trying to apply fertilizer on his plants after the rains of last night,” Abdullahi said.
He said the deceased was just recovering from a gunshot wound inflicted on him when the bandits attacked the village four months ago during which Shafiu’s father was murdered.
“It is exactly four months now since his (Shafiu’s) father was killed in a similar attack, because the wives of the old man are completing their four months stay at home as mandated by Islam. “We gathered from his farm neighbour and brother that one of the bandits appeared before them, saying anyone who knows he is guilty should run and who is not should stay. “Shafiu refused to run and when the others numbering over a hundred arrived, they opened fire and killed him instantly. These are his remains. We brought the corpse here for the governor to see and know that this peace initiative is not working for us,” he said.
On his part, Sani said: “these criminals have always passed by our village without any threat or harassment until the last few months. “So far, they have attacked us more than eight times and have killed many people. “Even while on our way to Gusau today, we received a phone call that they also killed one Bala Danrabi, a vigilante leader who has always fought the bandits.”
Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Nagogo, expressed shock over the attack, but said such occurrences were expected during conflicts resolution.