It was a narrow escape for Zamfara State’s acting Governor, Sanusi Garba Rikiji as Hausa youths of Tuun Kuya in Birnin Magaji LGA of the State almost lynched him as they protested the payment of compensation to the families of three Fulani youths killed by the community’s vigilance group.
The acting governor who is also the Speaker of the State House of Assembky was in the area to resolve the conflict between Hausa and Fulani youths in the area as well as pay compensation to the Fulani Families.
It was gathered that the acting governor presented the sum of N500,000 and 20 bags of grains to each of the families of the three youths killed by vigilance men. The crisis erupted on the feeling that the government was pampering the Fulani.
The general belief was that the Hausa in the area had suffered similar attacks without compensation from the government.
Two Fulani youths, whose names were given as Mohammed Sanni Danhajia and Tambai Haruna as well as one Ibrahim, who was said to have ridden the motorcycle that conveyed them, were said to have been beheaded in the village by the vigilance team which suspected them to be criminals.
Earlier reports had quoted a member of the community, mallam Mallam Mohammad Audu as alleging that the deceased had been linked to series of the attacks being carried out around the Birnin Magaji/Zumi forest.
An interim report in the hands of the authorities noted that: “Unknown to the acting governor, some people who witnessed the presentation of gifts had passed information to the youths. They immediately mobilised and surrounded the palace of the village chief where the presentation was ongoing. They were also seen chanting war songs as they vowed that no dignitary would leave the place alive.
“They were insinuating that the gesture was promptly dispatched because many Fulani were currently occupying sensitive government positions in the state.”
Condemning the killing, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Lawal Abdullahi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said it was necessary for the youths of the area to know that anyone that took law into his own hands would face the full wrath of the law.
In another development, two Fulani herdsmen were shot dead by a vigilance group in Lapai, headquarters’ of Lapai Local Government Area of the Niger State over an arguments between them and a photographer.