Emir of Kotorkoshi Alleges Foreign Involvement in Zamfara Banditry, Kidnapping

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The Emir of Kotorkoshi, Alhaji Abubakar Ahmad Umar, has made a startling revelation that foreigners are behind the persistent banditry attacks and kidnapping in Zamfara State.

The Emir’s statement came during a visit by Defence Correspondents to his palace as part of a tour of Operation Hadarin Daji, led by Brig-Gen. Mohammed Dahiru Abumawashi, Deputy Director of Coordination of Media Operations.

Initially, the Emir explained, conflicts between Fulani and Hausa communities over cattle rearing, farming, and grazing land were the primary cause of tensions in the state.

However, he observed that the discovery of gold and other valuable minerals in the area had worsened the situation, attracting foreigners who exploit the region’s resources and fuel criminal activities.

The Emir emphasised that foreign collaborators are responsible for the rise in banditry and other criminal activities in Zamfara State.

He stated, “Our people have been killed; other Nigerians have also been killed. The more security agencies kill the armed Fulanis, the more their numbers increase.

“Today, the military and other security agencies will go after them and kill them; tomorrow, another set will come and attack our people,” he said.

The Emir also blamed inequality and selfish politicians for prioritizing party interests over national security, describing the situation as unpatriotic.

He called for a holistic solution to the problem, urging the federal, state, and local governments to work together to identify the root causes of insecurity.

He advocated for increased military force against the perpetrators and improved welfare for security personnel

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