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General News of Wednesday, 27 July 2022


I can’t remember how many people I have killed' - Feared Zamfara warlord confesses

Adamu Alero is a feared Zamfara warlord play videoAdamu Alero is a feared Zamfara warlord

BBC Africa Eye has released a documentary that sought to uncover the truth and reasons behind the insecurities, abductions and constant attacks on villages by Fulani bandits in northern Nigeria.

The no-holds-barred documentary that premiered on Sunday, July 24 exposes the factors that have led to the increasing menace in that part of Nigeria, with the focus being on Zamfara.

Key questions were posed to warlords who say they engage in the dastardly act of raiding, burning villages and killing innocent Nigerians because they have been ignored by successive Nigerian governments.

They believe that is the only way to attract the attention of the government.

This was made known by one of the most feared warlords in Zamfara, Adamu Alero.

Alero, wanted by the police and has a five million naira bounty for the massacre of residents in a Zamfara community said the only way to get the attention of the government is to protest.

He said they, referring to the Fulanis, know no journalists and do not know how to channel their grievances to the right authorities.

"We only protest with guns, we know no journalists, we don’t know where to protest. Our protest is to take up arms and storm villages. That’s when the government will wake up and acknowledge our problems. If they ask, we’ll tell them our problems.

"I have never kidnapped anyone myself. My men do that. I only go and kill them. When it comes to the vigilantes, I don’t know the number I have killed. I have lost count honestly. I can’t remember how many I have killed".

According to authorities, there are more than 30,000 bandits split around 100 heavily armed gangs in the state.


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