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  • News - North West - Zamfara
  • Updated: May 02, 2024

Zamfara: Three officials at emir’s palace killed following terrorist raid

Zamfara: Three officials at emir’s palace killed following

Zurmi, the second most populous town in Zamfara State in North-west Nigeria, has been overrun by terrorists who ransacked the emir’s palace, killed three palace officials and abducted some residents.

A terrorism gang leader, Isyaku Majo, posted a video on Facebook claiming responsibility for the attack and indicating that he was holding hundreds of captives.

The terrorists began the attacks on Wednesday at about 9:45 p.m., according to a security report seen by PREMIUM TIMES.

The security report said the outlaws vandalised an MTN communication facility in Zurmi in an apparent move to disrupt communication and prevent security reinforcement as they had planned to abduct the emir, Muhammadu Suleiman.

Residents said the terrorists had accused the emir, Suleiman, of indifference to the plight of Fulani residents in the area who were allegedly being maltreated by the local vigilantes.

“The terrorists killed three people at the gate of the emir’s palace and abducted three others including the Shamaki (chief details) of the emir, Buhari Yusuf; and two other residents, Aliyu Ahmed and Sa’idu Lawali.

“It was the soldiers stationed at the town that forced the terrorists to retreat, but their target was to abduct the emir and they came on over 150 motorcycles,” a resident said, asking not to be named.

Residents said the terrorists had accused the emir, Mr Suleiman, of indifference to the plight of Fulani residents in the area who were allegedly being maltreated by the local vigilantes.

The terrorists killed three people at the gate of the emir’s palace and abducted three others including the Shamaki, (chief details) of the emir, Buhari Yusuf; and two other residents, Aliyu Ahmed and Sa’idu Lawali.

“It was the soldiers stationed at the town that forced the terrorists to retreat, but their target was to abduct the emir and they came on over 150 motorcycles,” a resident said, asking not to be named.

As I speak to you, about two-thirds of residents have fled Zurmi town and more people have been fleeing daily since the terrorists overran the emir’s palace on Wednesday,” the sources added.

Another source said the terrorists returned to the town on Monday and killed one Malam Salisu, a worker with the Local Government Education Authority, LGEA.

On the same day, Monday they went to the residence of Sani Maidaji, they broke into the house using a digger and abducted his newly wedded wife and two of his male children,” the source added.

However, the police spokesperson in Zamfara, Yazeed Abubakar, said he was yet to be briefed about the development.

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