Kebbi Communities Fleeing Their Homes As Terrorists Arrive From Zamfara

Whole communities have fled their homes as terrorists, pushed out of their bases in Zamfara by a military operation, cross over into neighbouring Kebbi state in the northwest of Nigeria.

Thousands of people have fled their homes in Kebbi State over the last few days in fear of a new spate of terrorist attacks. 

A military operation has been going on in neighbouring Zamfara state which has chased armed groups into Kebbi.

The Village Head of Warkata community in Danko-Wasagu LGA said 16 people were kidnapped from his village, as well as 3 others from Kairu. 

Terrorists also shot 2 farmers dead in Shirkai. 

This led to the mass movement of an estimated 6,000 villagers mostly from Kanya, Warkata, Shirkai, Shengel, Bena, Laraba, Unashi and Mairairai communities of Danko-Wasagu LGA. They ran to find shelter in the communities of Danko, Maga, Wasagu and Ribah to avoid attacks.

The attacks have also caused panic in neighbouring Zamfara state, with people fleeing Yarkuka, Yartasha, Kairu and Dankade in nearby Bukuyum LGA. The villages shared common borderlands with Danko-Wasagu LGA to the south of Kebbi State.

The residents said they have been observing infiltration of the terrorists into their villages as they dodge military operations taking place in Gando, Fasagora and Akawo forests axis. 

Ayuba Ilu, a vigilante member from Danko told HumAngle “more than 6,000 people are presently abandoning their villages because the armed criminals are nearly overpowered due to the ongoing military operations in Gando, Fasagora and Akawo forests.”

“We are receiving thousands of people in Maga. They include women and children including the old as displaced persons. They run to us because the remnants of the terrorists that are leaving Zamfara terror camps are now running across Birnin-Kebbi villages to avoid attacks from the vigilantes and military operatives.” Muhammad Hamidu explained. 

HumAngle gathered that the armed terrorists suffered several attacks during their armed-clash with the Nigeria’s Military in the forest areas of Gummi and Bukuyum LGAs. 

Nigeria’s northwest remains the worst geopolitical zone terrorized by armed criminal groups locally known as bandits. The states worst hit include Niger, Sokoto, Katsina and Kaduna states; but Zamfara in the region appeared to be the epicenter and home to terrorist groups. 

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