Before the peace efforts of the present Zamfara State Government led by His Excellency Hon. Bello Mohammed, MON Matawallen Maradun in 2019, 2,619 people lost their lives in the state from crisis.
The Commissioner of Information Zamfara State, Hon Ibrahim Magaji Dosara disclosed this while interacting with newsmen in Kaduna on Friday April 2, 2021.
“Consequently, there was the daily loss of lives, kidnappings of people, the rustling of livestock in their thousands and other forms of criminality.
“My professional colleagues, between 2011 when the crisis began, to 2019 before the emergence of the present government under the leadership of Governor Bello Mohammed Matawallen Maradun, Two Thousand Six Hundred and Nineteen (2,619) people were killed, One Thousand One Hundred and Ninety (1,190) others kidnapped, with over Nine hundred Million Naira (N900,000,000) paid as ransom, Fourteen Thousand Three Hundred and Seventy-Eight (14, 378) animals rustled. While over one hundred thousand (100,000) people were displaced from their ancestral homes,” he said.
The commissioner informrd that this is in addition to the hundreds of houses that were burned to ashes with foodstuff and other valuables worth billions of Naira destroyed by the bandits.
“People were traumatized. Farmers were prevented from going to their farms to cultivate the usual food and cash crops for their daily needs. There was general food insecurity in the state in particular and the region in general.
“The economy of the state was devastated by the crisis. This is in addition to the proliferation of both light and heavy weapons, with a high influx of bandits from the neighbouring countries, with no solution in sight. The crisis defied all forms of solution,” he explained.
Speaking further, he said that in addition, a large number of bandits camps across the state and beyond were set up.
“At least there are almost one hundred (100) different bandit camps with no fewer than 300 bandits in each of these camps having sophisticated weapons with them.
“Coupled with the shortage of manpower in the security sector and a very poor intelligence network. Yet, the governor must ensure the protection of the lives and property of the people.
“Now tell me, which is the best option for the governor?
“To fold his arms to watch his people being killed or to go for dialogue and continue to use the repentant bandits to convince the recalcitrant bandits to save the lives of the governed?” He queried.