Banditry: Zamfara Offers Cows For Guns To Halt Attacks
Authorities in Zamfara state have offered two cows for each gun surrendered by bandits to halt bloody attacks on its villages.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Remote communities across the region have for years been hit hard by deadly raids from armed groups of motorcycle-riding cattle rustlers and kidnappers.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Military operations have failed to end the killings and local officials have tried repeated negotiations to broker peace.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Zamfara governor Bello Matawalle said Thursday that under the new initiative “for every rifle submitted by a repentant bandit, there would be compensation of two cows”.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Matawalle said the offer of livestock was meant to convince the bandits, to disarm without cash payments that could be used to buy more arms.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
There was no indication if the plan would be enough to convince them to forsake their lucractive cattle rustling and kidnapping rackets.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The unrest in northwestern Nigeria, which experts say has been spurred by overpopulation and climate change, has seen an estimated 8,000 people killed since 2011 and 200,000 flee their homes.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged a fresh push to end the killings after a spike in attacks in neighbouring Katsina state.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The “bandits” mainly come from the Fulani ethnic group that has long relied principally on cattle herding.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Vigilante groups set up by local communities to defend themselves have been accused of extrajudicial killings that add to the spiral of killings.
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