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Woman Instigating Attacks Against Her Village In Northwest Nigeria To Avenge Son’s Death

A woman whose son was allegedly killed by a vigilante group in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, over the son’s link with terrorists, may be behind reprisal attacks against her village, according to sources.

At least five persons were killed on Thursday, Feb. 10 after a grieving mother sent terrorists after her community in the Bakural Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, after local vigilante group allegedly killed her son who was accused of having links with violent crimes in the area. 

Hajon Rogoji, 46, HumAngle learnt, left her village Rogoji in the company of her other son to a forest called Gugu where they gained the sympathy of terrorists to avenge her son. 

Local sources said the terrorists invaded the village at about 3:45 a.m. West African Time (WAT) when the villagers were still asleep. 

The attack forced villagers in Rogoji and neighbouring settlements such as  Dambo, Tudun-Baraje, Rumba, and Bugaje villages to flee to the local government headquarters of Bakura.

Those that were killed have been identified as Abdullahi Ango, Aliyu Laccebe, Mustapha Rogoji, Murtala Bala, and Lawali Indi. 

The duo of Lawali Bala and Sani Abubakar, received several gunshots in their knees and hands. 

Bala is presently receiving treatment at General Hospital in Bakura, while Abubakar is receiving similar treatment at home.

A resident of the village, Sani Ibrahim, confirmed the mass exodus of villagers to HumAngle.

“As I am speaking to you, there is a mass movement of our people from Rogoji, Dambo, Fagi, Tudun-Baraje, Rumba,  and Kurunkudu to Bakura town as IDPs,” Ibrahim said. 

Another villager, Bala Mamman, said “Over 3,000 people are seen fleeing their villages into the Headquarters of Bakura Local Government Area on a daily basis, from various villages surrounding Bakura town”.  

Abubakar Isah Bakura, a farmer said, “I saw thousands of villagers coming from western part of Bakura town, mostly women and children.”

How Hajo joined terror gang

Bashar Ajiya, a community volunteer, told HumAngle, “the latest attack launched in Rogoji village was in connection with the alleged killing of Babuga, the pet son of Hajo.”

Hajo, a resident of Rogoji, joined a terror gang  in 2021, following the alleged killing of her son Babuga by the local vigilantes of the area.

“Hajo migrated from her home village Rogoji, to Tori forest and later to Gugu, living with the terrorists for synergy. Her younger son Abule, aged 18, is presently operating with the group,” Ummaru Rogoji disclosed.  

“The attack happened because Hajo vowed that she was going to retaliate the killing of her son by displacing our communities and killing the innocent people.”

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