Zurmi - More than 1,000 bandits operating in the bushes of
Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara state has laid down their arms and
surrendered to the government.
This was carried out through the supervision by the
Commander of 1 Brigade, Sokoto, Brig. Gen. Ginikanwa Nwosu.
The event, which took place at Gidan Jaja village, also had
in attendance Gov. Abdulaziz Yari and the Speaker of the state House of
Assembly, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji.
Presenting leaders of the 14 different cluster gangs spread
in the Emirate to the state, the Emir of Zurmi, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku said all
the gang members had agreed to be good citizens of the society.
He said the gang members voluntarily agreed to surrender
their arms and embrace peace following their respect for leaders who pleaded
He said peace committees had also been formed in the five
village areas of Kwashabawa, Tsannu, Mayasa, Gundumawa and Gurbin -Bore which
would now settle all local disagreements among villagers.
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He said the committees, which represented all sections of
the emirate, would also take responsibility of finding any missing property,
especially animals, in their domains and that if such missing property could
not be found, the committee would pay the owner.
Samaila Samaho, who spoke on behalf of the group, said “many
of them decided to take up arms because they were neglected and treated as
second class citizens in the state”.
Samaila narrated how they were seen as criminals and
sometimes addressed as robbers in the market where they were attacked and
sometimes killed or burnt to death by the mob.
He said, “while we surrendered, we want government to ensure
the protection of our lives and property particularly from the volunteer
security body, “‘Yan sa kai.”
The former gang leader also asked the state government to
establish dams, grazing reserves and schools for his people in the bushes.
Gov. Yari thanked security agents especially the military
for restoring peace in the state and urged those who left the state in fear to
come back and live their legitimate lives.
Highlight of the event was the submission of 14 AK-47 rifles
by former 14 leaders of the groups.
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