Musa Na’umma, a suspected bandit’s informant, has set himself on fire. Following his arrest by soldiers in Dansadau town of Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Na’umma took the action.
We were told by a reliable source in Dansadau that soldiers onboard 11 military vehicles had stormed the community with a list of about 30 suspected informants.
“When they arrived, they moved from house to house with the list.”
One woman was arrested among the suspects. Musa Na’umma was among those arrested.
Na’umma was taken to an army formation in the community and locked in a room as soon as he was captured. As soon as a soldier entered the room, the suspect grabbed the soldier’s rifle and struggled with him in an attempt to seize it.
The suspected informant then fired shots at a jerry can containing petrol, causing it to quickly burst into flames. The soldier then jumped out of the room, leaving the suspect in the raging flames,” he said.
Senator Saidu Dansadau, who represented Zamfara Central from 1999 to 2007, corroborated the information.
A resident told our correspondent that there has been suspicion regarding how some residents have dealt with bandits through trading.
Supposed informants are accused of becoming agents of bandits, selling stolen phones, cows, and motorbikes for them.
Recently, residents have become more vigilant, scrutinizing the suspects’ activities.
According to the informant, during the recent night raid on the community, the number of residential homes had been pinpointed for the selected targets of the attackers.
“I can inform you that about a dozen youth, mostly native inhabitants of Dansadau, have turned to banditry largely because of the financial inducements from these criminals. “They are in various camps inside the forest with bandits,” he said.
Residents of the community had recently attracted the ire of the armed gang for blocking most of the channels they use to get food, especially bread and soft drinks.
As retaliation, the bandits intensified their attacks on the community.
When contacted, spokesman for Operation Hadarin Daji in the state, Captain Ibrahim Yahaya, referred our correspondent to the Defence Headquarters.