On Wednesday Royal fathers and traditional rulers in the troubled Zamfara State has disclosed the names of innocent civilians who were killed in air strikes on Dumburum community in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state on April 9″.
The innocent civilians killed by the Air Force strike according to the monarchs are Daji Barau, Na Bumburum, Suwaiba Alka, Yar Guru, Maryam Shafiu, Dahe Sule, Dan Kurma, Zaliha Dumburum, Aisha Akilu, Alamin Alka and Fati Gum.
The Emir of Bungudu, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, on behalf of the traditional rulers in the troubled state asked for an Independent investigation into the unfortunate incident for verification.
But the NAF authorities in a swift response has denied the allegation stating that Air Marshal Sadique Abubaka, the Chief of Air Staff, had formed a fact finding panel to investigate the allegations by the royal fathers.
In other news a secret recording of a classified meeting which took place between the leader of the bandit and the emir, they called for a peace meeting between the villagers and the herdsmen and other people hiding in the bushes.
The bandits disclosed in Hausa language:
“God has already given you a position (as an emir) and when you talk, people listen. You have some poor masses in the bushes. This violence started happening in our state about six years ago or so.
“They killed my people, they killed my relations, they killed my wives, my children. They killed some of my cows. I ran away when they killed my people. Then I involved myself in the activities of these terrorist groups. Now, I have escaped and back in my community. Will you not accept me as a member of this community?”
The emir in his response, “Aka ne (yes, that is it).”
The bandits continue in his speech “You should call your chiefs and bring your people from the bushes and from the village. Anywhere you meet us, advise the people of the community to join hands with the Miyetti Allah association. This land will be peaceful.
“If they make it this way, peace will reign. But to say you will call police and soldiers to Zamfara, this will not bring peace. It will continue to cause more bloodshed.”
The Royal father in his response said “Aka ne (yes, that is it).”
he bandit said, “Sometimes, you hear that they bombed a place where the bandits are camping. But the next day, the bandits will still come and strike in another place, close to where they bombed.”
The emir said, “We also are not in support of the bombings.”
The bandit further stated that “The reason why their bombing will not work is because before their helicopter comes around, information has already reached us. Before the helicopter leaves any base, the information will reach us and even where it will land. If they bomb any place, they will kill only birds and animals which are there.
“Also on land, soldiers were sent to attack us. But before they come, information has reached us. We know how we will attack them and know all areas where they will follow. We want you to ban anything vigilantes.
“People are surprised that they use airplanes to attack us but we are just like ants. They can’t see us; it is God that is helping us.”
The emir in his response stated that “Killing human beings is not good. I have heard your grievances and it is a load on me and I will try to unite the people of the community. We will still call you together to deliberate on it. I will try to ban vigilantes in any other place and I will give the feedback to the government.”
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