Over 60 towns and villages were affected by the activities of armed robbers, cattle rustlers and kidnappers in Danko-Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi state.
The leader of the Vigilante Group in the local government, Alsan Banga, told Governor Atiku Bagudu this when the governor paid a visit to ascertain the level of destruction and how best the problem would be solved.
Mr. Banga also added that hundreds of cattle have been lost to the activities of the cattle rustlers in the area.
“The people in the area have lost their lives, animals, homes, and other valuable items to criminal activities.
“The criminals perpetrate their heinous activities in open day light without fear of security operatives,” the leader of the vigilante group informed the Governor.
Mr. Banga said the towns and villages which were displaced by criminals include Tungar Bichi, Dadin Kowa, Unguwar Kawa, Jambadi, Shadadi, Kawo, Tuburku among others.
In his response, Governor Bagudu said his government would adopt a long term measure to tackle cattle rustling and kidnap in the state.
“Farmers and cattle breeders in the area had abandoned their activities for four years due to the activities of kidnappers and cattle rustlers,” the governor lamented.
He said that he would collaborate with the Federal Government on security matters affecting the people.
“My collaboration with the Federal Government will ensure that cattle breeders to resume their normal business activities, as security agencies would ensure the security of their lives and property.
In his remarks, the district head of Bena, Kabir Ibrahim, said the area is threatened by the menace of cattle rustlers and kidnappers.
“Our people have been forced to abandon their farmlands as well as cattle breeding due to the activities of cattle rustlers and kidnappers,” he said.
Unknown gunmen had on Monday night kidnapped the daughter of the immediate past chairman of Danko/Wasagu Local Government Council, Maryam Mohammed Rabiu.