The Speaker of the Zamfara State House Assembly , Sanusi Rikiji , on Friday said no fewer than 50 persons , including members of the Civilian Joint Task Force , were killed in Zamfara on Tuesday.
Rikiji , who revealed this during a condolence visit to Kaura Namoda Emirate , attributed the incidence to CJTF confrontation with bandits in a community in Kaura Namoda Local Government Area of the state .
The Speaker, who led the state government delegation on the visit , decried the worsening security situation in the state .
“We were told that the members of Civilian JTF had mobilised people from Sakajiki community in Kaura Namoda Local Government Area and confronted the bandits in the forest , which led to the killing of over 50 persons, including members of CJTF, ” he said .
Rikiji , who is the Chairman of the State Government Relief and Damage Assessment Committee , described the act of the CJTF as “ unprofessional , ” saying , “confronting the bandits is not the duty of CJTF members . ”
“ Their duty is to support security personnel to carry out operations , not to lead operations . Only security agents have the right to organise operation to confront bandits, ” he added .
He urged traditional rulers in the state to caution CJTF members in their respective domains to avoid taking laws into theirs hands .
“ This is the directive from Governor Abdul’ aziz Yari that CJTF members should not confront bandits again; let them cooperate with the security personnel .
“ We have already received the list of the number of the deceased and other affected victims from the local government chairman, with the aim to assist them .
“ The state government would provide assistance to the families of the deceased and other victims of the incident very soon , ” he added .
Responding, the Emir of Kaura Namoda, Muhammad Asha , thanked the state government for the gesture and assured of his palace ’ s continued support and cooperation with government to address the problem .
The chairman of the council , Lawal Abdullahi , thanked the state government for the assistance to the victims .