Zamfara Emirs who reacted to the recent military air strikes launched in the state, disclosed that it is killing innocent villagers and not bandits. Emir of Bungudu, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru who spoke on behalf of the Zamfara Council of Chiefs at the end of an emergency meeting on Thursday in Gusau, the state capital, also berated Defence Minister, Mansur Dan’Ali who claimed the bandits were working with some traditional rulers.
Zamfara Emirs who asked Mansur Dan’Ali to immediately name the traditional rulers or withdraw the statement, further stated that it was an attempt to tarnish the image of the traditional rulers. The Zamfara Emirs who revealed that air strikes are killing innocent villagers and not bandits, said;
“The council noted that airstrikes undertaken by the military did not hit the main camps of the bandits. Reports from Mutu in the Gusau and Tsafe Local Government Area, Tangaram in the Anka LGA and Dumburum in the Zurmi LGA, among others, indicated that the areas shelled were not the actual hideouts of the bandits and the victims were innocent civilians.“If the main camps of the bandits are taken over and security personnel stationed there for a considerable period of time. This will deprive the bandits territory, mobility and supply routes, thus securing all surrounding areas.”