Afp and Europa Press

La Jornada newspaper
Sunday, January 9, 2022, p. twenty

Kano. More than 140 people were killed this week in northwestern Nigeria by gangs dubbed serial killers by President Muhammadu Buhari. Local media added to this figure the number of attackers killed during the same period with the total result of 218 deaths.

I assure you that the government will not abandon these harassed communities to their fate, because we are more determined than ever to get rid of these individuals who act outside the law, he added. The government classified the attacks that bandits usually perpetrate as terrorist acts and announced a reinforcement of the law against their perpetrators, as well as against their informants and supporters. We classify them as terrorists (…) and we will treat them as such, said Buhari in a television announcement.

The 79-year-old veteran former general has also faced a jihadist insurrection in the northeast of the African country for more than a decade.

We have buried 143 people killed by bandits, said Balarabe Alhaji, a community leader from one of the towns where the killings took place, in the state of Zamfara.

Hundreds of armed men, riding motorcycles, stormed a dozen towns in Anka and Bukkuyum districts between Wednesday and Thursday, shooting at residents and looting and setting fire to houses, residents said.

Government officials have yet to comment on these allegations.

Babandi Hamidu, a resident of the Kurfa Danya region, confirmed the attacks and explained that “more than 140 people have been buried in the 10 villages and bodies are still being searched, as there are many missing people.

The death toll is enormous. There are about 150 people killed by the bandits, estimated Idi Musa, also a Kurfa Danya resident, adding that the attackers stole some 2,000 head of cattle.

The police and the armed forces have refrained from commenting on these allegations.

Last year, the bandits made international headlines with a series of kidnappings of hundreds of students from their schools or colleges. Many were later released, but some remain in the hands of their captors.