SM NEWS: Defend Yourself but Don’t Break the Law- Zamfara Govt

Residents of Zamfara state are permitted to defend themselves if attacked by bandits. The authority was issued by the state government following the refusal of bandits to repent. Meanwhile while defending themselves, the government urged the people not to break the law. 

The northwest state is one of the regions worst affected by banditry in the country.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the state commissioner for information, Ibrahim Magaji Dosara, on Wednesday, April 28. Going further, the Zamfara state government said due legal process must be taken during the defense. Specifically, the government urged the people to come in large numbers to defend themselves whenever bandits attack their community.

In another report, bandit leader, Auwal Daudawa, who planned the abduction of over 300 students in Katsina state has gone back to banditry. According to the report, Daudawa abandoned the amnesty offered to him by the Zamfara state government and returned back to the trenches, less than three months after his celebrated repentance.

A security source quoted in the report said Daudawa has relocated to one of the forests near the border with Katsina state. Daudawa, originally from Zamfara, coordinated the mass abduction of the students of Government Secondary School Kankara, in December 2020. Recall that Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, a prominent Islamic cleric, this week, called on the Nigerian government to grant amnesty to the armed bandits wreaking havoc across northern Nigeria.

Sheikh Gumi who was recently at the forefront of the negotiations with bandits said those he met in the past have repented. Earlier this month, four bandit leaders denounced their illegal activities in Katsina state and surrendered 45 rustled cattle, two general-purpose machine guns, 24 AK 47 assault rifles, 109 GMPG ammunition, 95 7.62MM Live Ammunition, among others.

Parading them before the press, the Katsina commissioner of police, CP Sanusi Buba, explained that their surrender is part of the Katsina police command’s effort in the ongoing onslaught against criminality in the state.

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