31 January 2013

Nigeria: Again, Armed Robbers Attack Birnin Gwari

Kaduna — Armed Robbers in the early hours of Thursday attacked Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state, just hours after the emir of Birnin Gwari, Alhaji Zubair Jibril reported to governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero that the robbers have taken over his domain.

The Emir had led a delegation from his emirate on a courtesy call to the governor on Wednesday.

Thursday's attack began around 2am and the bandits raided a police station and a bank in the process. There are no details yet of casualties.

"From November last year when we had the Dogon Dawa incident, the government promised to do something. The late governor and GOC were there physically but up till now my people are still waiting for the action of the state government. The situation has worsened. They are doing what they like and they are heavily armed," the Emir had told the governor.

Robbers in charge

The Emir had further told the governor on Wednesday that "...Except in Birnin Gwari town, in other villages in my domain, I am not in charge, and you are not in charge too. The armed robbers are in charge of the areas. They operate at their own time. They go to market freely and operate. There was a time when some villagers were burning bush, the fire mistakenly touched their hideout, the district head of the area went to beg the armed robbers in fear of their reprisal."

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