Alhaji Attahiru Mohammed Ahmad,the Emir of Anka and chairman of Zamfara State Council of Chiefs,has appealed to the state government to allow people of the state to carry arms and defend themselves against banditry.
Mohammed while paying a condolence visit to the Emir of Kaura-Namoda attacked by bandits weeks ago, lamented that so far many Emirs in the country have been subjected to a series of attacks by bandits then the government should please allow everyone to carry weapons for self-defence.
He also said that the peace accord and reconciliation process initiated by Zamfara Governor Bello Matawalle would not end banditry in the state because the bandits would never give up.
“Since the bandits refused to surrender, the government should allow everyone to carry weapons for self-defence.”
“One cannot make peace with people who are not ready to embrace peace and reconciliation as initiated by the government.”
“Last year, the Emir of Potiskum was attacked. Here in Zamfara, Emir of Bukkuyum was also attacked and his orderly was killed in the process and the Emir of Yauri.
“So, the only option is to allow people defend themselves, because the issue is getting out of control and there is no hope in sight.”