By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Zamfara State Government has disclosed that the killing of a prominent Fulani Leader in 2013 was the Genesis of crisis in the state which has led to the loss of lives and property in the state before the present administration came on board to reduce occurrences.
The Commissioner of Information Zamfara State, Hon Ibrahim Magaji Dosara disclosed this while interacting with newsmen in Kaduna on Friday April 2, 2021.
“The genesis of this conflict began with the killing of the most popular and highly respected Fulani leader in all the neighbouring states of Zamfara, Sokoto, and Kebbi, one Alhaji Ishe, of chilin village in Kuyambana district of Dansadau Emirate in Maru Local Government Area of the state on the 11th of April 2013.
“Since then, Fulani in the 3 states became aggrieved and aggressive against Hausa communities from where the Yansakai who did the killing emanate,” he said.
The Commissioner added that the crisis began to worsen by the day through waves of attacks against each other and a series of revenge continued unabated.
“With the hostilities between the Fulani and Yansakai, each decided to form a formidable group and structure, the Fulani as bandits and Hausa as Yansakai, leading to the drawing of a battle line between them with increasing waves of attacks and counter-attacks, killing scores of innocent people, destruction of valuables and burning down of houses and foodstuffs.
“To further worsen the situation, the Fulani bandits began to establish camps and started recruiting informants and new members into the banditry even among the Hausa, as well as giving them training and weapons,” he informed.
He explained that due to untimely attention and necessary intervention, the situation further worsened with attendant consequences of mayhem being unleashed on innocent people across the state.
“Hence, the bandits were able to establish 24 routes network across the 14 local government areas of the state, with Two Hundred and thirty-two (232) leaders and large followership of Four Thousand, Eight Hundred and Twenty-Five bandits across the state,” he added.