Thirty-seven people have been murdered in Dutsin Gari village, Kanoma district in the Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State by gunmen suspected to be bandits.
Residents which spoke with SaharaReporters disclosed that the gunmen stormed the community on motorbikes after blocking the access route to the town before attacking the residents.
It was also reported that the armed men rustled several cows belonging to the villagers during the attack on Wednesday.
A resident of the community who spoke on the incident noted that 37 bodies have been recovered after the incident, while many others are still missing.
“We recovered 37 bodies after the attack and many more residents have not been accounted for. They also stole much livestock and escaped to the forest.”
“They came on motorcycles in large numbers and operated for close to 12 hours. They were shooting sporadically, shooting anyone on sight and burning houses.”
“I heard that several shops were set ablaze in Fura Girke, Talle, Mahuta and Tudun Aba.”
Recall that a senior military officer on Tuesday stated that Zamfara State Governor, Muhammad Matawalle distributed Hilux vehicles and millions of naira to leaders of different ‘repentant’ bandit groups.
He further stated that the bandits now carry out attacks with some of these vehicles given to them by Matawalle.
The officer said, “Those bandits have different group, so if they say they repent, the governor will give them a Hilux vehicle but unfortunately they are now using the vehicles to carry out attacks.”
“It’s so sad, he called it a peace and reconciliation programme, but all you need to be rich now in Zamfara is to take up arms against the people.”