The Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli, has said that bandits are now moving freely in their communities with guns.
According to the Emir, security issues no longer need cosmetics treatment stating that people in authority must be serious and up and doing.
Speaking while receiving security heads in his Palace on Monday, the Royal Father said people are now running from communities and Hospitals because of attack by bandits.
“A whole community, Dutsen Abba, was recently sacked by bandits. Three children of the district head were kidnapped with women and other residents. It is disheartening the report we are receiving where bandits were seen moving freely with guns in our communities. We think security issues no longer need cosmetics treatment. We need to be serious and up and doing. The war is already at our doorsteps and if care is not taken, it will consume all of us,” the emir said.
The emir who said his emirate is under siege, disclosed that not even the presence of military and para- military formations are helpful in the present predicament.
“What is happening here in Zaria is so disturbing, just as it is heart bugling. In this emirate, we have the Police College in Kaduna. There is Police Children School in Karau-Karau here in Zaria. We have the Nigerian Military School (NMS). There is Depot Nigerian Army and Military Police Cantonment in Basawa here in Zaria.
“We have Jaji where soldiers from different parts of the world come to train to gain promotion. There is an air force base in Kaduna and 1 Mechanised Division.
“It is only a naval formation that we don’t have in the emirate, because we don’t have water, yet we are this vulnerable. We know that you are doing your best, but it is clear that more needs to be done. We are appealing for more action and more deployment,” the emir said.
“Zaria is the centre of the North. If there is no security in Zaria, it means the movement of travellers to other parts of the country will be affected. This will seriously affect economic activities of the North.”
On how people are running away even in hospitals, Bamalli said: “A caregiver in the hospital came to the palace to request for money from the emir to allow him to relocate his patient. Can you see the danger that we are in? People are running away from hospitals for fear of being kidnapped. There are some of my district heads when I see them, my heartbeat doubles. They usually come to the palace to report one security challenge or the other. One of them recently came here crying,” the emir said adding that he has directed Imams of different mosques to engage in fervent prayers.
Source: Daily Trust