Ten communities have been sacked by bandits at Mada town in Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State, the latest in the persistent banditry in Nigeria’s northwest.
Our correspondent, who visited the town on Friday, learnt that one person was killed during the incident, which took place on June 6.
No fewer than 200 bandits were said to have descended on the communities, rustling cows and other animals and forcing villagers to flee.
The villages were named as Fura Girke, Majira, Kanawa, Yargeba, Takoka, Bargaja, Bundungel, Bantsa, Unguwar Matanda and Makera.
Speaking with reporters at Mada after visiting the displaced people, Deputy Governor of Zamfara, Mr Ibrahim Wakkala, appealed to the federal government to come to their rescue.
He expressed his dismay on the way the bandits rendered residents of the communities, particularly women and children homeless.
Wakkala said that a committee had been set up by the state government, to ascertain the level of damage caused by the bandits.
He pleaded with security agencies in the state to intensify efforts in tackling the activities of the bandits.
Zamfara has witnessed several attacks by armed bandits on communities leading to scores of deaths.
Apart from the killings, the attackers often burn houses and sometimes kidnap for ransom.