Residents cry out, say ‘gunmen raping our wives, daughters for failing to pay N2m levy
Residents of five communities in Kaura Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara State have cried for help after bandits resorted to raping their wives and daughters over their inability to pay a levy of N2million imposed on them.
In a report today, Saturday Tribune reported that the residents have ran away from their homes due to the fear of the bandits imminent attacks as their demands were not met.
One of the residents of the community, who is now taking refuge outside it, Malam Rabi’u Abubakar, told the newspaper that the communities were able to raise only N1.5million out of the N2million demanded by the bandits.
He said but the bandit have refused to collect the ready sum and have threatened to go ahead with their criminal onslaught on the communities if their demanded payment is not made.
Abubakar said: “The bandits rape our wives, our daughters and our sisters anytime they invade the village during the day or in the night. They also kill anybody that tries to put up a resistance. These are in addition to looting our stores for food and sometimes setting our houses ablaze.”
“We are not safe. Our houses, animals and farms have been destroyed and the right to peaceful living taken away by the lawbreakers. We decided to flee to other places rather than remain in our homes and taking orders from bandits.”
“As I talk to you, not even a hen is left in our village. We have dispersed to places like Kaura Namoda, Tsafe, Bungudu local government areas and some have fled to Gusau, the state capital.
“Other neighboring communities, including Yamutsawa, Chansake, Tungar Mudi and ‘Yar Gurbi, are also suffering the same fate at the hands of the bandits from camps led by Yellow, Magaji and Dan Sa’a,” he lamented.
Abubakar further attributed the continued onslaught on the communities by the bandits to the absence of security operatives in the communities, calling on the state government to come to their aid.
But the state Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Elkana, at a recent press briefing, argued that the police and other security agencies were committed to restoring lasting peace in the state.
“Our aspiration of returning Zamfara to its former status, the most peaceful state in the country, can be achieved with synergy among all stakeholders.
“The police command will continue to work assiduously to ensure the safety and security of all the citizens,” Elkana said.
The commissioner maintained that the police, in collaboration with other security agencies, especially the military, were carrying out extensive operations at various bandits’ enclaves.