0 Followers

Nigeria's Zamfara state offers repentant bandits cows for AK-47s

July 17, 2020
135 Views
2 Comments
Herd of cattleHerd of cattle
Cows are valued by the Fulani herder community

Repentant bandits in Nigeria’s north-western state of Zamfara are being offered two cows for every AK-47 they surrender.

It is an attempt to encourage them to give up a life of crime and live a normal life as responsible citizens, Zamfara Governor Bello Matawalle said.

Motorcycle-riding armed bandits have been terrorising the state.

Cows are valued by the Fulani herder community who have been accused of being behind a wave of attacks.

However, members of the community have repeatedly rejected the allegations saying that they too were victims.

An average cow in northern Nigeria costs about 100,000 naira ($260; £200) while an AK-47 on the black market could cost as much as 500,000 naira ($1,200; £950), the BBC’s Mansur Abubakar reports.

“These bandits who choose to repent initially sold their cows to buy guns and now that they want a life free of criminality, we are asking them to bring us an AK-47 and get two cows in return, this will empower and encourage them,” Mr Matawalle said in a statement.

The attackers who operate out of abandoned forest reserves have also been ransacking communities in nearby states.

They often loot shops, steal cattle and grain, and take people hostage for ransom.

In a recent attack in Zamfara, 21 people were killed in Talata Mafara town by armed bandits.

MapMap

In the last decade more than 8,000 people have been killed in the states of Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara and neighbouring country Niger, according to the International Crisis Group.

The attacks are rooted in decades-long competition over resources between ethnic Fulani herders and farming communities.

Most residents of Zamfara state are involved in agriculture – the state motto is “farming is our pride”.

The governor also promised to disband the camps in the forests where the gunmen are based.

More about Zamfara:

  • 67.5% of people in poverty (National rate: 62%)
  • Literacy rate: 54.7%
  • Slogan: Farming is our Pride
  • Residents mostly farmers from Hausa and Fulani communities
  • Population: 4.5 million (2016 estimate)
  • Mostly Muslim
  • First state to reintroduce Sharia – in 2000

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Source: Nigeria Data Portal, and others” data-reactid=”62″>Source: Nigeria Data Portal, and others

You may be interested

Virginia Senate approves measure rebuking Amanda Chase
News
11 views
News
11 views

Virginia Senate approves measure rebuking Amanda Chase

admin - January 27, 2021

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate on Wednesday approved a measure rebuking one of its most far-right members for…

Congress prepares for major fight over voting laws in the wake of Trump’s false fraud claims
News
14 views
News
14 views

Congress prepares for major fight over voting laws in the wake of Trump’s false fraud claims

admin - January 27, 2021

Then-President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he walks to board Marine One on Jan. 12. (Jabin Botsford/Washington Post via…

Jill Biden spent her first week as First Lady reshaping the role. Melania Trump spent hers isolated in a tower
News
12 views
News
12 views

Jill Biden spent her first week as First Lady reshaping the role. Melania Trump spent hers isolated in a tower

admin - January 27, 2021

(REUTERS)First Lady Dr Jill Biden is no stranger to the White House.As the longtime public school educator and former second…

2 Comments

  1. It’s really a nice and helpful piece of info. I am satisfied that you simply shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.|

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.