Vanguard (Lagos)

2 February 2013

Nigeria: A History of Banditry in Zamfara and Kaduna

August 2011: Armed robbers went from house to house in search of members of the vigilante groups in some villages under Dansadau Emirate, Maru LGA of Zamafara State. 10 persons were reportedly killed in the attack by the gang. The killers were said to be on a revenge mission after some of them were said to have been extra-judicially executed by members of the local vigilante groups mobilised by the people of Dansadau and environs to halt incessant robbery cases.

October 2011: Bandits again returned and killed 23 persons and injured many others in the same village; they made away safely.

January 2012: Not less than 15 traders were ambushed and killed, their corpses burnt in Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara State, allegedly by the same gang.

June 2012: The same gang returned to Dansadau; they went from house to house, killing the residents and setting their houses ablaze unchallenged for hours by security agencies. 27 residents were killed in that orgy of bloodbath

July 2012: Armed robbers said to number about 50 invaded some two villages in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State, looting and killing 11 persons.

October, 2012: Dogon Dawa was thrown into mourning as 24 people lay dead after a rescue mission by armed robbers to free some of their arrested comrades in crime.

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