The police on Sunday said they had arrested three principal suspects in connection with the killing of over 20 persons in Birane village in the Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State last week.
The Force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, gave their names as Halilu Garba, 45 (aka Mabushi); Zubairu Marafa, 45 (aka Wakili); and Nafiu Badamasi, 40 aka Zakiru. He stated that further investigation into the crime is ongoing.
IG deploys more riot police units in Zamfara
Earlier, Moshood said the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had deployed additional three units of Police Mobile Force in Birane village. He added that a joint investigation team headed by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of intelligence at the Force Headquarters, had equally been sent to the state.
The police had earlier sent seven units of riot policemen, following the killings, to parts of the state. Moshood said Idris gave the directive for the deployment after visiting the state, adding that the IG, who was accompanied to Zamfara by the AIG Zone 10, Sokoto, and Commissioners of Police in the zone, also held a stakeholders’ meeting with the people. He said, “On the directives of the IG, the Joint Special Investigation Team headed by AIG Intelligence have proceeded to Zamfara State to commence a detailed investigation into the killings.
“He will be assisted by the personnel of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, the Intelligence Response Team, Special Tactical Squad, Counter-Terrorism Unit, scene of crime experts and the Zamfara State Command Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, who are already on the ground in Zurmi, Zamfara State.”
The spokesman added that the police boss gave the team “a definite and strict mandate to arrest and bring to justice the perpetrators of the killings and investigate the remote and direct causes of the mayhem.” “They are further directed by the IG to arrest and disarm all suspected bandits, militias and criminal groups in possession of prohibited firearms and restricted weapons in the region,” he stated.
Moshood claimed that normalcy had been restored in the area and assured the people of Zamfara and other states in the country of adequate protection of lives and property. Punish suspected killers in Zamfara, Benue NHRC tells FG The National Human Rights Commission on Sunday urged the Federal Government “to carry out a massive scrutiny of the nation’s security architecture.”
A statement by the commission quoted its Acting Executive Secretary, Mr. Tony Ojukwu, as demanding that this be done to “ensure that culprits in the incessant killings taking place across the country are urgently brought to book.” Ojukwu was said to have made the call in response to “the recent upsurge in killings across the country, especially in Borno, Zamfara and Benue states.”
He said the commission had directed its personnel in its office in Katsina State to carry out an on-the-spot assessment of the humanitarian situation in Zamfara State.
The statement read in part, “Specifically, Mr. Ojukwu stated that the reported killing of about 40 people in one episode in Zamfara State this week by unknown gunmen is not acceptable even as he disclosed that officials of the commission’s state office in Katsina have been directed to carry out an on-the-spot assessment of the human rights and humanitarian situation on the ground.”
Ojukwu reiterated the urgent need for security agencies “to be on top of the situation to forestall further destruction of lives and property, as well as strengthen people’s confidence in the ability of government to protect them.” The statement added, “He (Ojukwu) expressed deep concern over the recurrent killing of women and children in various communities across the nation, saying such an ugly scenario underscores the need to prevail on the various security agencies to explore new intelligence and investigation techniques that will effectively contain occurrences of such dastardly act.”