Zamfara: Police arrest village head, 4 others for killing 13 persons

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FILE PHOTO: A police patrol vehicle
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The Police Command in Zamfara has arrested Alhaji Muhammadu Danmliga, the Village Head of Wabi in Maru Local Government Area, over alleged connection with the killing of 13 persons.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Sanusi Amiru, told newsmen on Saturday in Gusau that the killing of the 13 followed a meeting held in the village head’s house on March 24 by members of the outlawed ‘Yansakai group.’

According to him, 13 persons were allegedly killed at Tubgar Wabi, a neighbouring Fulani settlement on the evening of that day.

He said that sources in the village told the police that some ‘Yansakai members’ suspected to have come from Bena in Kebbi held a meeting at the village head’s house before moving to Tungar Wabi for the attack.

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Amiru said that consequently the police swung into action and arrested the district head and four others suspects namely: Basiru Lawali, Sakke Sada, Ibrahim Muhammad and Umar Muhammad.

The police spokesman said that items recovered from the suspects included six guns, swords and arrows, fifteen cartridges, axes, knives, charms and 10 motorcycles.

He warned that the police would continue to carry out covert operations as well as use credible information from members of the public against all criminals and their gangs in the state.

Amiru said all the suspects would soon be arraigned in the court after completion of the ongoing investigation.