By Ismail Auwal

The Zamfara State Government has called on residents to defend themselves against bandit attacks.

While disclosing this on Wednesday in a statement signed by State Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Magaji Dosara, the state government warned against breaking law on the process

“People must not take laws into their hands, but should take due legal process in protecting their respective communities when attacked by any group of hoodlums. The state government has accepted people in vulnerable areas in the state to come out enmasse to defend themselves when ever bandits attack their community.”

Meanwhile, the statement announced that the police have apprehended 35 criminals “comprising mostly kidnappers, informants and those aiding and abetting banditry in the state.”

The criminals have since been interrogated and have confessed to their various crimes and have already been transferred to Abuja for further action before prosecution.

The statement added that some of the criminals arrested are civil servants. “Government therefore seriously warn bandits to renounce the criminality and embrace the state government dialogue and peace initiative to become good citizens, stressing the government intention to take punitive measures against criminals, as a matter of urgency,” the statement said.

“The state government also strongly warn traditional rulers to keep vigil eyes to landlords who give out their houses to people with suspicious character within their domains, as government will soon start to arrest any landlord found giving out his or her property on rent to bandits, kidnappers, informants and dealers of weapons for the bandits Government will not hesitate to demolish any house given out on rent to criminals,” they warned.

Also, the state government said it had lifted the ban on commercial activities on four markets in the state.

“The action follows several calls by concern citizens both within and outside the state, to lift the ban to allow the common man have access to his basic needs during the holly month of Ramadan. The affected markets are Magami, Wanke, Dansadau and Dauran,” the statement said.

The four markets were banned from all activities last week following attacks and killing of innocent people within the affected communities.

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