by Adeola Balogun
In a report detailing the security situation in Zamfara State over the last 3 months, the state Governor, Abdulazeez Yari, said on Monday that at least 160 people had been killed by gunmen and not less than 10 women had been abducted in different areas of the state.
The governor revealed this in Gusau, the state capital, at a meeting with the members of the State House of Assembly to assess the security situation in the state.
He reportedly said the situation had caused disaffection between residents of the affected villages and the state government.
The governor said the hoodlums, who continued to terrorize villages in parts of the state, stole no fewer than 6,000 cows and 4,000 sheep within the period.
Yari said the state government was handicapped, and urged the Federal Government to deploy more security personnel to the state to protect lives and property of the people.
The governor said the state government had committed a lot of its scarce resources on security issues, and called on Federal Government to stand up to its responsibilities.
The Speaker, Alhaji Sanusi Rikijin, assured the governor of the assembly’s support, adding “we will consult with other state houses of assembly and the National Assembly to ensure justice, equity and fair play in the country.”