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The Emir of Anka and the Chairman of Zamfara State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Attahiru Mohammed Ahmad has urged the government to grant private ownership of firearms to the residents in the North to protect themselves from banditry and insurgency attacks.
The Emir made the plea when he paid a condolence visit to the Emir of Kaura-Namoda who was attacked by bandits last week.
Attahiru said, “Since the bandits refused to surrender, the government should allow everyone to carry weapons for self-defence.”
He also opposed the peace accord and reconciliation initiated by Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle because “One cannot make peace with people who are not ready to embrace peace and reconciliation as initiated by the government.”
Reiterating his call for private ownership of weapons, the Emir lamented how Emirs were attacked by bandits.
“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.”
Bandits and Boko Haram have been responsible for the growing insurgency in Northern Nigeria. In its recent large-scale attack, bandits abducted over 300 schoolboys in Kankara, Katsina State.