Despite the leading his state to the ruling All Progressive party (APC), Zamfara state is still suffering Bandits attack with the latest been the kidnapping of at least 60 people in a fresh attack on a community in the state, an official has said.
Disclosing the unfortunate news is the Zamfara State Commissioner of Information, Ibrahim Dosara, who told TVC News Friday evening that the bandits stormed Rini community on Thursday night.
The commissioner said that after the attack, 60 residents of the community could not be accounted for by the other residents.
In the interview, monitored , the commissioner said bandits are intensifying attacks in the state because of the offensive by the Nigerian military, especially the Nigerian Air Force, against the bandits.
Zamfara is one of the states most affected by banditry in Northern Nigeria. Hundreds of people have been killed or kidnapped in the past year by the armed men in the state.
It would be recalled that Rini is in Bakura Local Government Area, where bandits kidnapped 15 students and four staff were recently kidnapped in a Sunday night attack.
Two days after the students’ abduction, a video surfaced where the students where seen pleading with the Zamfara State government to “do the needful,” a euphemism for payment of ransom, in 24 hours.
A notorious bandit, Halilu Kachalla, who operates in Bakura, Maradun, Shinkafi (all in Zamfara State) and Sabon Birni (in Sokoto State) is suspected to be behind the abduction of the students of the College of Agriculture and Animal Sciences.