A group known as Zamfara Circle Community Initiative has lamented that since terror attacks in Zamfara state have gone out of hands, the federal government should declare a state of emergency in the State.
The group said that it was worried that the spate of killings, maiming, kidnappings and other criminalities in the State had reached a level that the Federal Government must rise up to the challenges.
“The audacity with which bandits attack villages, towns, and even the state capital is unprecedented, especially mass abduction, which have been common across the State,” the group lamented.
According to the leader of the group, Comrade Abba Muhammad, the Circle has written Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency declare that state of emergency in Zamfara State before the bandits kill everybody in the State.
“Mr President, after the recent attack on the College of Agriculture located in Bakura town, bandits have posted a notice of attack at the residence of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Gusau, and going by antecedents, Zamfara Circle has every reason to consider these threats to be serious.
“We receive daily reports of attacks, and it is sad to mention that there is no respite in deadly criminal activities in the state. Unfortunately, mass abduction and multiple killings have overtaken the entire State,” the group said.
Comrade Muhammad said that with the Governor’s error -ridden, badly executed amnesty programme for bandits now called off and concluded to be a failure, there seems to be no plan B for addressing the growing banditry in the state.
“The bandits are now bold enough to lay siege on towns villages, making unnecessary demands that have to be met before they call off the siege.
“On 16th July 2021 notorious bandits’ leader Turji, whose father was arrested, held over 60 people hostage demanding the immediate release of his father which was obliged by the State government.
“Also, on 20th August 2021 Tsafe town was under siege by Ado Aleiro with his boys threatening to attack if his father, who was arrested by the security operatives, was not released from custody. Consequently, the father was released.
“Mr President we want you to know that a new Boko Haram styled group of terrorists has emerged in Dandalla district of Dansadau Emirate in Maru Local Government Area who are taking the style of Boko Haram by preaching to the locals to join them with promises to protect them from bandits attack.
“Bakura Local Government Area is becoming the epicenter of banditry in the state in recent time. The town is hit daily by incessant bandits’ attacks with hundreds kidnapped or killed since the beginning of the year including the students and staff of the College of Agriculture who were abducted on 15 August 2021.
“People from the surrounding villages have all moved to Bakura town and beyond to seek refuge thereby overwhelming the already beleaguered town. The internally displaced and despaired people (IDPs) are facing hunger, cholera outbreak, and lack of decent accommodation to shelter themselves as the rains come down heavy in recent weeks.
“Mr President, Zamfara Circle has recorded 364 deaths so far in the state from last February and these are only from the reports we receive from our Local Government Area coordinators. Zamfara Circle believes the number will be much higher when a fully -fledged investigation is carried out.
“In the same vein, over 1200 people were kidnapped and about 10,000 displaced this year alone. It is sad to report that there is no single government designated IDPs camp anywhere in the Zamfara state”
“A lot of Nigerians, and especially citizens of Zamfara state, are living in pepectual fear while sleeping in their homes or travelling across Zamfara state. Zmfara Circle needs the Federal Government to consider the security challenges in Zamfara state as serious as the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states.
“Zamfara Circle is calling on Mr President to consider declaring a State of Emergency (under Section 305 of the 1999 Constitution which provides for the imposition of a state of emergency in the country or any part of it by the president.
“We urge the president to suspend the current political order as the squabble between the political heavyweights in the state will continue to distract the government and will hinder any meaningful efforts to be made to salvage the grim situation that we are in now.
“A 6-month State of Emergency will give the military total control of the security architecture of the state and will ensure that all efforts are geared towards obliterating the many hideouts and camps from which the bandits launch attacks on people in Zamfara and the neighboring states,” it stated.