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Zamfara: Kadamatsa Turns Ghost Community Following Constant Terror Attacks

The threat of violence from terror groups in northwestern Nigeria has led to ghost communities.

Kadamatsa, a community in Zamfara state Northwest Nigeria, is now a ghost town as residents have fled their homes and abandoned their livelihood.

This comes on the heels of several attacks on the community. HumAngle earlier reported, on Friday, that the Nigerian military and local self-defense groups are conducting operations in a notorious forest harboring terrorists in Zamfara state.

The activities of terror gangs in the region have led to the displacement of communities.

Kadamatsa is located in the volatile Zurmi local government area of  Zamfara state. The local government shares a border with Niger Republic and Katsina State. 

The deserted agrarian community is one of several communities such as Yan Buki, Zangon Bugaji, Gidan Kara, Kawata, Tsaulawa, Saburi that have been abandoned by locals fleeing the persistent threat of killings and kidnapping. 

HumAngle understands that displaced persons have moved to safer towns like Zurmi, Dauran, Kaura Namoda, Shinkafi, and the State capital, Gusau. 

Abdul Salam Ibrahim from Yan Buki community lamented on the threat from the terrorists which he said forced him and others to flee the community to Dauran.

Terror groups often referred to as bandits terrorise communities in the Northwest and neighbouring Niger state in the North-central. They conduct violent raids, killing and abducting people. 

HumAngle has learned that terror groups also placed levies on locals as a condition for gaining access to their farmland.

The insecurity led to the establishment of a vigilante group known as Yan Sakai to protect communities. Vigilantes have also been accused of engaging in profiling and carrying out extrajudicial actions.  

Nigeria’s security forces have been battling the terror gangs in the region. Recently, additional security measures including telecommunication restrictions were put in place in some areas to assist security operations. 


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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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