10 killed, several injured as bandits storm market in Plateau community
• We can no longer trust Buhari govt to protect us, says Northern coalition
• APC backs Matawalle in fight against banditry, kidnapping
• Niger commission of inquiry begins sitting today
Bandits, on Sunday, stormed the market at Pinau town in Wase Local Council of Plateau State, killing about 10 persons and leaving others wounded.
An eyewitness who escaped the incident said the attackers came from Zamfara State, following their displacement by security forces.
He said a prominent APC member in the council was also kidnapped during the attack. He added that the people of the council now live under constant threats of attacks.
Another witness called Jubril, however, told The Guardian that he saw only seven corpses at the market.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Gabriel Ogaba, confirmed the incident, although he said he had not been fully briefed.
The senator representing Plateau South, Prof. Nora Dadu’ut, condemned the attack and called on security operatives to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.
THIS came as the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) said its national leadership will engage stakeholders and initiate action against growing killings of northerners.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, in Abuja, yesterday, CNG said the move is part of its strategy to awaken every component of northern society to the urgency of collective action.
“It has become necessary for the North to realise the futility of continuing to trust their lives to the care of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, which has resigned to living with insurgency and banditry that exploit the huge vacuum in the political will and capacity of government to challenge them,” Suleiman said.
CNG’s delegation, led by its Board of Trustees Chairman, Nastura Ashir Shariff, has already met with notable religious and community leaders and held prayers for divine intervention.
Suleiman lamented that the entire North has become a battlefront, even as its people have turned hostages to Boko Haram, bandits, kidnappers and rapists. According to him, perpetrators of these atrocities have taken over land borders, forests, highways and several communities across the region.
He said: “Without doubt, unless real, positive and collective survival action is taken, urgently, the North risks being routed completely by criminals. It is regrettable that northerners who gave President Buhari the bulk of votes to win the 2015 and 2019 elections now bear the brunt of his poor governance more than other Nigerians.
“Today, the North feels the pain of insecurity that escalates daily and an economy that deteriorates under leaders who are inept, insensitive, and weak. With security, we can feed ourselves and feed the rest of Nigeria. But when communities are attacked, killed and destroyed daily, the cost of input and life-sustaining essentials become prohibitive.
“Threats to lives limit productive capacities. People are abducted and forced to pay ransoms. Their mobility becomes limited in an environment infested by hostile and damaging political interests and opportunism. The economy of the North is suffering and northerners are compelled to act to salvage the region.”
ALSO, the newly elected leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State promised that the party is strongly behind Governor Bello Matawalle’s administration and would ensure he wins his second term bid to curb insecurity in the state.
Spokesman of the party, Yusuf Idris Gusau, disclosed this, yesterday while fielding questions from newsmen in the state capital, Birnin Kebbi.
He added that the leadership, headed by Tukur Umar Danfulani, would fully support the current administration to fight crime and restore peace to the state.
MEANWHILE, the commission of inquiry set up by the Niger State Government to investigate killings and abduction of several persons at Mazakuka, Kulho, Adogon, Malam and environs in Mashegu Local Council of the state, will commence pre-trial sittings today.