- Suspected bandits killed 41 persons in Zamfara state recently sparking outrage
- The bandits reportedly invaded a community's market and started shooting indiscriminately
- The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, is on his way to assess the situation
Nigeria's Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris has arrived Zurmi in Zamfara state.
The area was recently invaded by suspected bandits leaving 41 persons dead.
On Saturday, February 17, IGP Idris left Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos and arrived Katsina and then proceeded to Zurmi by road to assess the situation.
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The Zamfara state police command through its spokesman, DSP Muhammad Shehu, had said the conflict arose after hunters and local vigilantes mobilized and launched a pre-emptive attack on the armed bandits after they heard that the bandits to were preparing to attack their community.
He said instead of the residents to give the security operatives timely information to avert the attack they decided to take law in to their hands by going out to confront the gunmen.
IGP Idris is expected to meet with community and religious leaders in the area in order to access the situation and forestall any reprisal attacks.
NAIJ.com gathered that he was accompanied on the trip by other senior police officers from the police headquarters.
Meanwhile, the governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, on Friday, February 16, accused security agencies of failing to prevent the killings that occurred in the state.
The governor speaking while he led a group of five northern governors on a sympathy visit to the Palace of Emir of Zurmi said the security agencies in the area failed to stop the attack despite warnings 24 hours prior to the killings.
Yari further said the agencies and its operatives failed to tackle the problem of cross-border banditry and terrorism affecting communities in the area.
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