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Some traditional rulers in Zamfara state have lost their seats due to alleged complicity with armed bandits who have wrecked communities and displaced thousands. Yet, insecurity has not abated in the state.

Some residents of Gusau, the Zamfara State want the government to adopt fresh strategies in dealing with the menace threatening lives and livelihoods in the state.

In October 2019, the Emir of Maru Emirate, Abubakar Ibrahim, was suspended and later removed for allegedly aiding and abetting banditry in Zamfara State.

About two months ago, those of Dansadau Emirate, Hussaini Umar, and Zurmi, Abubakar Atiku were suspended on the same ground by the state government, and a committee was set up to investigate the allegations against them.

The committee was expected to turn in its report within two weeks, but up till now, nothing has been heard about the findings.

The human and economic cost of banditry in Zamfara State has been massive.

But some residents of Gusau, the Zamfara State capital said the fight against banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and other crimes are beyond the removal or suspension of emirs.

They are asking the government to engage more with the rural communities.

Forests in Zamfara state have also been a hideout for the criminal activities of bandits. Zamfara residents want the Federal and State Governments to take over the management of the forests.