“Bandits are gang-raping us”, Zamfara women cry out

Several women displaced by a recent wave of attacks in Tsafe local government area of Zamfara State have recounted the shocking ordeal of gang-rapes by terrorists.

According to reports, hundreds of women and children were displaced in the wake of attacks by armed men on several villages in the area.

In recent weeks, hundreds of women including children were displaced by the armed men following horrible attacks on several villages in the local government.

A woman, identified simply as Hajara, has revealed how bandits open fire on women who rebuff their sexual advances.

The woman, who was displaced by a recent attack in Tsafe local government area of Zamfara State recounted shocking ordeals of gang-rape.

Hajara stated that when the bandits were gang-raping the women if any of them put up a resistance they would be shot immediately.

She further revealed that a woman who was taken from her matrimonial home was shot dead when she refused the advances of the men.

She said: “They are gang-raping us, and if any woman or lady dares to reject their sexual advances, she would be shot dead instantly. Several women were killed for not accepting their sexual demands,

“A woman was pulled out of her matrimonial home by the armed criminals. They had wanted to rape her but when she refused to go with them, they began to drag her until when one of them shot her dead despite her husband’s plea”.

Another resident, identified as Mustapha, also gave a harrowing story of how his grand-daughter was shot dead for not submitting herself for gang rape in a community called Bakin-Manya.

“When they shot her dead, they lurked around the community and attacked those who went to the cemetery to bury her. The funeral rite wasn’t held there. Her remains were taken to Tsafe for burial,” Mustapha said.

Another woman identified as Amina also stated that her sister-in-law was hit with a gun butt after she refused to be raped by the armed criminals who struck their communities.

Most of the attacks are reportedly being perpetrated by one notorious cattle-rustling kingpin called Adamu Aleiro. According to reports, he is making the lives of residents in Tsafe and Faskari local government areas of Zamfara and Katsina States unbearable. He asserts control on bandits traumatising communities in these States.

The Katsina State Police Command has placed a bounty on him for masterminding attack and killing of dozens of people in Kadisau, a community in Faskari.

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