Govt Fears Zamfara Killings Could Deprive You Of Food
Any time bandits kill farmers in Nigeria there is always a negative effect that every one in the nation could feel.
Here again, the killings in Zamfara is bearing this burden.
Bandits had, few days ago, attacked residents of Magami village of Faru District in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara and killed at least 17 persons.
The Minister of Interior, Mr Abdulrahman Dambazau, says the persistent attacks on residents of Zamfara by bandits is a threat to food security in Nigeria.
Mr Dambazau expressed this fear on Wednesday in Gusau during an on-the-spot assessment of the activities of the bandits in the state.
He said: “Since those affected by the killings are largely the agrarian rural dwellers, the activities of the bandits will have a serious impact on agriculture and food security.
“This is a final warning, the bandits must stop these acts forthwith because the Federal Government has devised more stringent ways to deal with them.
“I want to assure them that they cannot withstand the consequences".
He said stakeholders in the security sector in the state would meet to fine tune the new measures that would be used in tackling the threat posed by the bandits.
The minister, however, advised the hoodlums to immediately surrender and embrace peace.
He expressed President Muhammadu Buhari’s condolences to the people of the state over the attacks.
“This administration will continue to go to any length to protect the lives and properties of the citizens because any single innocent life lost has a devastating effect on the nation and is unacceptable," he said.
Responding, the Acting Governor and Speaker of the House of Assembly, Sanusi Rikiji, said "this crisis started as a farmers /herdsmen conflict but has now escalated to the killing of the innocent, rustling and kidnapping".
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