…As bandits kill 5, wounded 7 in fresh attacks on mosque.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Zanfara State indigenes have vowed to declare the names of 84 bandits’ informants uncovered and to publicly expose them in one or two weeks to come. Leader of ‘Coalition of Rescued Mission Zanfara State,’ Dr Suleiman Shuaibu Shinkafi, disclosed this, while briefing journalists in Kaduna on bandits’ attacks, which left five persons dead and seven others lying unconscious in hospital as a result of serious bullet wounds.
Dr. Shinkafi, who lamented the surge in bandits’ activities in the state, explained that the 84 informants are all in Shinkafi local government area of the state, and vowed that nothing will stop the Coalition from naming them.
He said bandits with rockets launchers invaded a Mosque around 7o’clock and opened fire on the worshippers, killing four instantly in Shinkafi LG, while eight other persons, who sustained serious bullet wounds, were rushed to hospital, where one later died.
He also said that the bandits promised to come back to destroy the LG through a letter written to Shinkafi people by one of their leaders claiming Turuji by name.
Dr. Shinkafi further stated that the rumour being peddled by some people that nothing happened in Zamfara State is untrue. He, however, explained that no Police Station was attacked in Shinkafi LG as speculated.
According to him, the attacks occurred at the extreme end of the LG metropolis, adding that only police defense officers heard of the incident.
The Coalition leader noted that even though laws enacted by the state governor – to check bandits’ activities – were okay and in order. It however requires federal government support because the governor has no control over security personnel.
He added that the governor is not in-charge of security and has no power to order the military, Police, DSS and other security operatives, exception of President Buhari, who could do so, and called for the President’s intervention before bandits rendered the entire Shinkafi LG useless.
Dr Shinkafi also said they know where the bandits are hiding and are fully prepared to take the lead in going there to show the security officers their hideout to finish them at once, “otherwise, Shinkafi LG would go extinction under the current threat.”
“You know, there’s no network in Zanfara now. We’ve a lot of bandits in Zamfara State now. The bandits say they’ve 84 informants in Shinkafi. We know some of them and, very soon, we are going to declare their names publicly to pressmen.
“We cannot cover them when they are committing atrocities, killing our people. We will surely call their names, list them and submit to FG. I want to tell the informants today, that, in less than one or two weeks from now I am going to name them even if you are my father.
“I know a lot of them with their dossier at hands. We’ve concluded our investigation and we’ve a lot of evidences connecting the informants to the bandits,” he said.
Dr Shinkafi continued that, “Like me here, I know about 7 of them, and I am ready to expose them. They want to liaise with bandits to finish our people in the community.”
He also said the Coalition is holding stakeholders’ meeting soon, where it’ll call on journalists and expose all the informants.
“We will write their names in a list and submit to the state and federal governments to take action by arresting them.” On why it takes this long to come out to want to name them, he said “We have finished investigation about six months ago. We’ve to do that and get evidences to be sure before exposing them.
“The informants are living very big, an executive lives. FG and state may not know them but we the indigenes know them and ready to name them. Their cups are full. I personally will not spare them even if others would not. Even if it will endanger my life I don’t care. It’s a sacrifice. Heroes like late Awolowo, Zik, Sardauna and others made sacrifice,” he vowed.
On if governments refused to arrest and prosecute the informants, Shinkafi, who is a member of Police Security Commission, said he wouldn’t mind to drag federal and state governments to ECOWAS’ court for not prosecuting them.
According to him, he has to employ the services of heavy security men to be able to ‘smuggle’ his mother, sisters and other family members from the area to Kaduna State due to heightened insecurity in Shinkafi.