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Terror Gang Lieutenant Killed By Vigilantes In Zamfara

Ali Dan Hizge was killed in Kaura Nomada area of Zamfara State, the epicentre of the violence in Nigeria's northwestern region

A vigilante group in the northwestern state of Zamfara has killed Ali Dan Hizge, a ranking member of a terror gang responsible for terrorising the Kaura Namoda area of the State. 

Terror groups locally known as ‘bandits’ move on motorcycles and camp in hinterland areas from where they target communities, schools, and commuters in the Northwest and parts of the North-central

HumAngle learnt that a self-defence militia also known as Yan Sakai intercepted Dan Hizge, the second in command to the terror kingpin, Dan Sadiyya, on Monday in Korumuni, about 12 km from Kaura Namoda. 

Over the years, vigilante groups have sprung up to fill the void left by insufficient policing and threats to communities by armed gangs. 

However, these groups affiliated with Hausa communities have been blamed for exacerbating the security crisis through profiling and extrajudicially targeting members of the Fulani pastoralists community. 

In September, Yan Sakai, from Goronyo, stormed Mamande village in Gwadabawa Local Government Area (LGA) in Sokoto State, killing 11 Fulanis whom they accused of involvement in ‘banditry.’

In Zamfara, a total number of 142,680 displaced persons were recorded in the September displacement report from the Organisation for Migration, Displacement Tracking Matrix programme for displacement in the Northwest and North-central.


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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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