Local fighters engage bandits in Zamfara, 50 killed – Independent Observers

Local fighters engage bandits in Zamfara, 50 killed

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By Danladi Al-Hassan

Members of the Zamfara State’s Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) have engaged some bandits terrorizing the state leaving about 50 members of task force dead.

Sanusi Rikiji, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, who disclosed this while on a condolence visit to Kaura Namoda emirate, said the confrontation between members of the CJTF and the bandits took place in a community in Kaura Namoda local government area of the state.

Rakiji, who led the state government delegation on the visit, decried the worsening security situation in the state.

“We were told that the members of civilian JTF had mobilised people from Sakajiki community in Kaura Namoda local government area and confronted the bandits in the forest, which led to the killing of over 50 persons, including members of CJTF.

“Their duty is to support security personnel to carry out operations, not to lead operations. Only security agents have the right to organise operation to confront bandits,” he said.

However, Rakiji frowned at the decision of the members of the task force to confront the bandits, describing it as unprofessional as they were not trained to do so.

“This is the directive from Governor Abdul’aziz Yari that CJTF members should not confront bandits again; let them cooperate with the security personnel.

“We have already received the list of the number of the deceased and other affected victims from the local government chairman, with the aim to assist them.

“The state government would provide assistance to the families of the deceased and other victims of the incident very soon,” Rakiji said.

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