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Published On: Tue, Jan 23rd, 2018

Senator’s motion on killings, kidnappings causes panic in Zamfara

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From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

A Motion presented by a member of the National Assembly representing Zamfara central, Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa before the Senate last week Thursday on lingering insecurity challenges that bedeviled his state, has thrown people into doubt on the guarantee for security for legitimate living to continue in the state.
Reports compiled by our reporter from number of disturbed people in the state have registered concern for the finger pointed at the state governor, Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, his deputy, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala and the state Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson over their alleged knowledge of the persons who are perpetrating the crime in the state.
In the motion, Senator Marafa accused the gladiators of having knowledge of the full identity of the killer groups, cattle rustlers and kidnappers as well as who, according to him, were operating under windless and unchallenged environments, especially across most targeted communities in the state.
A marchant, who is simply identified as Awwali Dan Gamji from Tsafe local government area, expressed fear to continue running his business down to rural areas across the 14 local government areas of the state as he alleged that, some places were partly ruled by armed bandits.
Also accosted, a farmer who identified himself as Baba Dankawu from Dansadau area alleged that, the success of overcoming the security challenges as claimed by the state government was only air but, farm products in large quantity were yet to be harvested as illegal movements of firearms in wrong hands along the axis were very common.
Baba Dankawu further narrated that, “It is too dangerous and unsafe for innocent one to serve as informer to either related authorities or security agencies for necessary actions against criminal activities, as he would be hunted and deleted by the dangerous gunmen who wonderfully received names of whistle blowers against them”.
One Malam Anas Babandi, a trader and an indigene of Kaura Namoda local government area alleged that, commercial activities were gradually perishing in the area and even beyond following incessant reports on kidnapping almost on daily basis, “Millions of naira were being packaged every week by affected families with a view to pay ransoms to kidnappers”.
Also a retailer in Gusau the state capital, who did not want his name published claimed that, he had to relocate his business to Katsina state for peaceful transactions as merciless groups of criminals simply identified as ‘Yan Sara-Suka’ have embarked on shops-breakings, house burgling and killings of innocent people who resist them.

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