More Killings, Abductions By Terrorists Despite Zamfara Self-defence Directive

The Northwest Nigeria state recently encouraged citizens to pick up arms in defence against terrorists. However, travellers were killed and farmers abducted on July 6 and 7 respectively, after the directive.

Despite the Zamfara State government’s directive for citizens to bear firearms, terror attacks continue in the northwestern state with travellers, residents killed and farmers, abducted.

In the early hours of Thursday, July 7, six farmers from Falam Tsibiri, Gabtu and Kairu villages were abducted by a group of terrorists around 5:30 a.m. WAT. 

Two of the victims, Alhaji Bala Gabtu and Alhaji Garba Danmaman, were allegedly taken to a new terror camp located at Tabarga forest, Gabtu village in Gummi LGA, Zamfara State. The camp borders Tambuwal LGA of Sokoto State. 

Previously on Wednesday, July 6, another gang attacked Kaura Namoda-Shinkafi federal highway around noon, blocking the road for an hour and leaving  commuters stranded.

The terrorists opened fire on a Golf car driving toward Shinkafi from Kaura Namoda and two persons were killed instantly, Abdulbaqi Aliyu, a resident of Kaura-Namoda, said. “Four others were wounded and rushed to the General Hospital, Kaura Namoda.

“They abducted an unspecified number of people in Dunwawa and Alawa villages of Zurmi LGA.”

Abdul Balarabe, another resident, told HumAngle “there was another terrorist attack last night [July 6] at Barkeji village, few kilometers away from Kaura Namoda town.”

There was another attack on Tuesday, July 5, on Jangebe. This took place for three hours, Bala, a resident, narrated. 

The gang rustled about 37 cows from the village and kidnapped one Alhaji Dankwaine, 52. “The abducted Dankwaine left behind his four wives, 21 children at home two days before the Sallah festival,” said Malam Husaini Kalme, his neighbour.

These growing attacks follow the establishment of new terror camps located at Akawo forest alledgedly led by a new terror leader, DanMaliki Akawo, in Bukuyum LGA, residents said.

Another was identified at Tabarga forest whose new leader is not yet known in Gummi LGA of the state. 

“As I speak to you, Halilu Sububu, Umaru Nagona, Shadari and Dogo Gudale, are the most notoriously identified rascal terrorist leaders terrorising communities of Maru, Anka, Bukuyum and Gummi LGAs of Zamfara State, including displaced villages in Zuru, Danko-Wasagu and Ribah local government areas of Kebbi State, in northwest Nigeria, ” a source close to the Zamfara State governor told HumAngle.  

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