A military officer and his girlfriend have been arrested in Zamfara State for allegedly aiding bandits with uniforms, ammunition and logistics.
The arrest of the soldier and his girlfriend was revealed by the Chief of Staff to the Government House, Gusau, Dr. Bashir Muhammad Maru, during a media briefing on Friday.
The arrest, according to him, was made possible with community-driven intelligence network, adding the State Government was awaiting the action that would be taken by the military against one of their recalcitrant officers.
He reiterated the Governor’s stance that the fight against banditry would not be successful until it is rid of saboteurs.
Maru lamented the story carried by some online media organisations on Thursday that bandits had attacked Ruwan Tofa village in Maru Local Government Area and abducted 60 people.
He explained what actually happened was that a group of suspected bandits arrived Tungar Baushe last Tuesday seeking to fuel their motorcycles through acts of intimidation and coercion, “which they did and took along with them food, drugs, water, soft drinks, and thereafter left without recording any casualty.”
The Ruwan Tofa community prepared themselves for defence of their territory when the bandits were moving towards the village as information had spread out.
In the ensuing confrontation, he said, a large number of the suspected armed bandits were resisted and ambushed and many of them were killed while others escaped with various degrees of injuries.
According to Baru, two people from Ruwan Tofa sustained gunshot injuries and were recuperating in an undisclosed hospital.
However, the suspected bandits returned the following day and attacked Tungar Baushe.
Authoritative sources said the bandits attacked the village and burnt down two vehicles loaded with grains and other valuables, but no life was lost.
Maru said unfortunately, the bandits abducted a number of persons, including women and children but most of the abductees have since returned safely to their village.
He said that efforts were being made by the surveillance unit of the Zamfara Police Command to ascertain the exact number of those that were still in captivity.
Maru, while saluting the courage and patriotism of the individuals who came forward with information that led to the arrest of “these traitors”, said the Zamfara State Government wished to call on all media organisations to properly investigate and authenticate their facts before rushing to the press.
He said the security situation in the state was fragile and could not afford to do with falsehood and fabrications.
Source: The Nation