Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara state has said that armed bandits have killed about 3, 526 people in the state in the last five years.

The Governor conveyed this at a town hall meeting in Gusau, the state capital, on Tuesday.

Yari, who was represented by Abdullahi Shinkafi, secretary to the state government (SSG), also said “nearly 500 villages” have been destroyed by the attackers.

He added that, “over 13,000 hectares of farmlands were either destroyed or made useless as farmers can no longer use the lands for farming”.

“Nearly 500 villages have also been devastated and 8,219 persons were injured, some are still in critical condition,” he said.

“The economy of the state has seriously suffered because thousands of shops were destroyed by the rampaging bandits who had displaced thousands of our people from their places of abode, many of whom cannot sleep with their two eyes closed because of fear.”

He said the government was aware of eight prominent bandits camps at different locations in the state.

According to him, recent suspension of mining activities in the state by the federal government must “be followed by enforcement, because, it is one thing to ban, and another to enforce.”