Armed bandits on Sunday attacked and killed six members of the Civilian Joint Task Force in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara, Vice Chairman of the council, Sani Galadima said.
Galadima made this known on Monday when he received the Minister of Interior, Abdurrahman Dambazau, who was on a visit to the state as part of efforts by the federal government to find sustainable solutions to the security challenges in the state.
“Six members of Civilian JTF were attacked and killed yesterday, Sunday, by the bandits after receiving their payments from Shinkafi town and were on their way back to their villages,” the vice chairman said.
He added: “Even yesterday, these bandits sent a letter to the district head of Shinkafi town (saying) that they were coming to attack Shinkafi town.This ugly situation is very disheartening; every day we pay millions of naira as ransom to these bandits. We really need government’s urgent support to end this problem.
“Our women also suffer a lot (because) the bandits attack communities and abduct ladies from their parents’ homes. People no longer sleep with their two eyes closed in the night in Shinkafi LGA. We want the government to solve the issue of shortage of manpower including the army and police personnel. We only have 19 soldiers in this town.
“We need urgent intervention from the government; we are not satisfied with the efforts and strategies of security agencies. We all know the camps where these bandits stay; even the security men are aware of these camps; our major concern is that security personnel are not getting to these bandits. We are hoping that with this visit, this problem will come to an end,” he said.
According to Galadima, at least 98 communities in Shinkafi LGA have been deserted due to the activities of bandits in the state.