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Emirs, soldiers, policemen, others indicted In banditry that killed 6,319 people In Zamfara

The committee on finding solutions to banditry in Zamfara says five emirs, 33 district heads and several village leaders have been working with bandits to ravage the state.

It said there were concrete evidence those actors were complicit in the atrocities committed by the bandits that had resulted in the death of more than 6,319 people.

The committee was inaugurated by Matawalle in July and its investigation covered June 2011 to May 2019.

The Chairman of the committee and former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, also said 33 district heads and several village heads worked with the bandits.

Abubakar, who made the disclosure while submitting the committee’s report to Governor Bello Matawalle in Gusau on Friday, did not reveal the names of the traditional rulers.

He revealed that some soldiers, policemen and civil servants were also involved in banditry.

The former national police chief, however, said some security personnel and one emir distinguished themselves creditably in the protection of the people.

He said the committee had recommended that the emir be conferred with national honour while the officers should be promoted to their next ranks.

IAbubakar said the 300-page report would be relevant to other state governments and the federal government in addressing security issues in the country.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.