By Shehu Umar
Emir of Zurmi in Zamfara State Alhaji Abubakar Atiku said yesterday that between last year and now, he has lost 27 vigilante members to suspected cattle rustlers.
The emir, who said this when he received the state commissioner of police, Ahmed Ibrahim, said the spate of killings and burning of houses and places of worship in the area is worrisome.
He told the police commissioner that the vigilante members, who are working hard to keep the area safe, are being killed.
“When ten vigilante members were murdered by suspected cattle rustlers at Rukudawa, it was very painful because their families were left with nothing. Shortly after that, another group of vigilantes were attacked and Killed in Tsanu, Shanawa and other neighbouring areas,” he said.
The emir therefore called on the police to deploy more men to the area.
Also in Maradun, the emir, Alhaji Garba Muhammad Tambari, appealed to the state police command to support the emirate in its fight against cattle rustling and other crimes by establishing more police community out-posts.
The monarch made the appeal when he granted audience to the state police commissioner.
Alh Garba said the number of police officers deployed to Maradun is not enough to manage the division not to talk of other communities and settlements that are prone to attacks.
He said the challenge of cattle rustling would soon be a thing of the past as all hands are on deck to tackle it.
In his remarks, the police commissioner commended people of the area for living a peace, adding that the police will support the emirate council in whatever form necessary.
Similarly, the Emir of Talatar-Mafara Alhaji Muhammad Bello Barmo, appealed to the police commissioner for redeployment of more police men.