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It is still shocking that the eighty five abductees from Wanzamai village of Zamfara are still suffering in the hands of their abductors as no effort is made to get them freed by both the government and indeed the security agencies.


This is over two weeks since bandits in their hundreds laid ambush along the outskirt of Wanzamai village in Zamfara and abducted eighty five persons, mostly women, children and underage.


Wanzamai is located in between Yankara village the Zamfara border with Katsina state and Tsafe one of the local governments in Zamfara state.


The abduction has been connected to a reprisal attack by bandits over the killing of four of their colleagues by the combined security forces stationed along the area.


They initially enforced a ransom of about N1.8 million on the abductees, but the hope of getting the abductees released was dashed after the bandits insisted that the government must withdraw the armed security men stationed along the area before the abductees were finally released.


Zamfara state government, through its commissioner for Security and home affairs, retired DIG Mamman Tsafe insisted that bandits must not dictate to the government when and where to station security forces in defense of the lives and properties of the people of the state.


Since then, Zamfara state police command, through various press statements, assured the parents and well-wishers of these abductees that, it will make a concerted effort to get the abductees freed.


This commitment according to mal. Salihu Aminu has failed since nothing was heard from both the government and security agencies regarding the possible release of the abductees.


He stated that “we are in touch with these bandits and the confusion remains that, “they are still making their promises of releasing the abductees unfulfilled” a source Mal. Bala stated.


He added that, “some of us have raised the money as requested by the bandits, but it seems the bandits are not willing to accept the money and release our loved ones may be because they are still having issue to clear with the government”.


Another source, Malam Garba said, we hardly sleep because we have over eighty of our loved ones in captivity. “Some of our wives are always crying, asking us to go to any step and get their wards and children released”.


“The condition of our children in the hand of our captors is still scaring, and we cannot afford to risk their lives in the hand of the bandits. “We used to call them through the bandits and their conditions are scaring, . We have to do something if the government and indeed the security agencies have failed in their move”.


On the commitment by the government regarding Magazu issue, Mal. Sulaiman Bello an activist in Zamfara, insisted that the government is indeed not showing any serious concern to getting these children released.


He noted that “issues of sensitive nature like this government need to show seriousness and always keep in touch with the family members for them to know the effort government is making”, noting that the act of silence as demonstrated by the government had clearly shown that, people would be made to loss hope in the ability of the government to deliver to that effect.


Two days back, it was reported that, one of the girls abducted by these bandits in Wanzamai escaped in the hand of its captors.


Her name was Zainab Abdullahi and according to some reports, she managed to escape after she and some other abductees were sent to go and fetches firewood for cooking.


Zamfara state police spokesman CSP Shehu Muhammad in response to our inquiries stated that the command is not relenting in its effort to rescue all the abducted victims who are currently in captivity across the state.


Shehu further said under the leadership of CP Kolo Yusuf, many hostages were rescued unconditionally and have.been reunited with their families hale and hearty.

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Troops of Operations Hadarin Daji based at Bakura local government area of Zamfara state had succeeded in repelling armed bandits attack on Rogoji and Sikkida communities of Bakura local government area council.

According to a credible source, the armed soldiers, after receiving credible information, moved to the areas and confronted the bandits.

On arrival at the scene where bandits were about to be launched their deadly attack, engaged them in a serious exchange of fire and eventually succeeded in neutralizing the areas.

During the operation, the troops recovered (2) Ak47 rifles and some special ammunition.

The soldiers had also succeeded in recovering some ruminant animals, including cattle, goats, and donkeys.

The recovered animals were successfully handed over to their owners at Sikkida Magaji village.

The source said despite repelling the attack, they remain vigilant of the area to make it safe.


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Associate Editor.

Operatives of the Operation Hadarin Daji had succeeded in rescuing nine kidnap victims along Unashi-Sabuwa forest in Bukkuyum local government area of Zamfara state.

According to an anonymous source, the operatives of the Nigerian military carried out a coordinated operation where they successfully scared the bandits who ran away after sighting the operatives approaching their enclaves.

After fleeing, they abandoned five kidnapped victims, and they were later rescued by the forces of Operation Hadarin Daji.

The victims were handed over to the traditional ruler of Unashi village, and they were eventually reunited with their families.

Furthermore, troops of OPHD deployed at FOB Unashi while on fighting patrol along bandit enclave in Naruba forest in Zamfara state, intercepted 2 kidnapped victims who escaped from their abductors due to the troops operational activities.

The victims were equally handed over to appropriate authority for them to be reunited with their families.

Similarly, troops of Operations Hadarin Daji deployed at Magami while on fighting and confidence building patrol foiled bandits attack and kidnap attempt Dogon Santsi general area.

The bandits escaped into the bush and successfully rescued the kidnapped victims. The victims were handed over to Sarkin Magami and they have been reunited with their families.p

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Managing Editor.

Some suspected bandits armed with deadly weapons abducted over twenty women in Gora Namaye district of Maradun local government area of Zamfara state.

A source who confided in this medium stated that, the women were abducted while working on their various farms at the outskirt of the Gora village.

“About twenty-four of these women are so far set to be in the custody of the bandits, and the figure is not yet determined since more are being searched for.

A source who spoke to Thunder Blowers stated anonymously stated that the bandits had earlier sent a warning that no local should go to the farm for this year’s farming activities and that those who believed they had no option were the ones that became victims of circumstances”.

“It has been the fear of the people that the bandits may execute their bad plans, but people have no choice because going to the farm is the only option for the people of the area”.

When contacted, Zamfara police spokesman DSP Yazeed Muhammad said he will verify to get the details of the incident before responding.


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