From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
Zamfara State Police Command has debunked reports suggesting that about 23 people were killed in vigilante-Fulani traders clash in Dansadau Market in Maru LGA of the state.
The entire report, according to a statement by the Command’s Spokesman, SP Shehu Mohammed, was not only unfounded and unsubstantiated but misleading and a calculated attempt to instill fears into the minds of the citizens.
It further noted that, the report was capable of crippling the tireless efforts of the state government and security agencies in stabilising the security situation of the state.
“To set the records straight of what happened in Dansadau was that, On Friday 16th April, 2021, being the market day of Dansadau, Police operatives on Special Market Patrol at Dansadau repelled a market invasion by over 200 suspected bandits who stormed with intent to distabilise the marketing activities of the area.
“During the encounter, four traders who scampered for safety got injured and were taken to the hospital for treatment where they were positively responding.
“This act if not promptly responded to and repelled would have caused chaos and security instability in the area. The Police operatives had since commenced a serious manhunt of the perpetrators of the dastardly act.
“A discreet investigation into the matter has commenced with a view to unravelling the circumstances behind the attempted invasion. Any person or group found in connection with the act, such person or group will be made to face the full wrath of the law”, the PPRO has added.
The Command urged members of the public to desist from taking laws into their and work in synergy with the police by giving credible information on presence and activities of recalcitrant bandits and other criminal elements.