Abubakar Maradun, a former local government chairman, has accused the Zamfara State Government of providing vehicles to bandits in the state.
According Maradun, the Toyota Hilux vehicles were used by the bandits to carry out an attack in Janbako community which led to the killing of 10 people on Monday, January 18, 2021.
He said, “They went to that village in two of the Hilux vehicles given to them by the Zamfara State Government. One of the vehicles broke down and was abandoned by the bandits.
“These bandits have been using the vehicles to kidnap, kill and rape innocent people and the press has been silent.”
Maradun stressed that the bandits also killed three soldiers, including a major, adding that the attack was not reported.
However, Abubakar Dauran, the state Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, said the vehicles were donated to security agencies in the fight against insecurity in the state.
He said, “To disabuse the minds of those law abiding and patriotic Nigerians, Governor Bello Mohammed used the meager resources of the state government to purchase 200 Hilux vans in support of security operatives in the state.
“These vehicles were duly distributed to all security agencies in the state under the supervision of the Inspector-General of the Nigeria Police.
“The beneficiaries included the military, the police, the customs and excise, the immigration services, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), among others.”