Armed ‘preachers’ engage Zamfara bandits

There was tension yesterday in parts of Dansadau Emirate, of Maru LGA of Zamfara State, as a result of the activities of an armed group that has been confronting bandits.

Dandalla is a community located 15 kilometres south of Dansadau town. Farther south of the community lies a forest straddling the Birnin-Gwari axis of neighbouring Kaduna State.

According to reports, some members of the group were spotted on motorbikes at Dandalla community last Friday.

Members of the group, who reportedly wore long beards, performed their Juma’ah prayer separately and after that, they began preaching to the bandits to stop attacking communities.

They reportedly said instead of attacking peasant farmers and stopping them from working on their farmlands, they should hold their guns against government officials, credible sources told our correspondent.

The Wazirin Dansadau, Alhaji Mustapha Umar, told newsmen that a resident of the community confirmed the development to him.

Communities, especially in the south, east and west of Dansadau town have been held under siege by criminals for many years.

The bandits are asserting their control on the residents and are the ones adjudicating between people whenever there is any dispute.

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