The Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) has revealed that the killing of 11,000 adult males by bandits in Zamfara have made an estimated 22,000 women in the state windows.
AYF made the revelation through a statement issued by its National President, Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu, explaining that the killings have resulted in an estimated 44,000 orphans – a figure derived from an average of 4 children to a deceased adult male.
He stated that the AYF is greatly concerned by the activities of bandits in the North West particularly Zamfara State, noting that the worrisome situation has has reached an “unimaginable and horrendous proportion in a region which was hitherto peaceful and calm, called Northern Nigeria.”
AYF stated that Nigerians in towns and villages within the zone are now completely at the mercy of “armed marauding bandits”, wreaking havoc at will.
The group noted that the activities of bandits is “negatively affecting the socio-economic activities of locals, in spite of the intervention of security agencies.”
NYF revealed that the group in pursuance of its Conflict Mitigation and Peace Building (CMPB) Project, has decided to undertake “deep and holistic research aimed at finding out the root causes of the persistent security challenge, with a view of finding a lasting and sustainable solution.”
The group stated that the orphaned children, due to their dire situation of pain, trauma, depression, lack of care, hunger, abject poverty-stricken life will become “easy prey” and “willing tools” to be recruited by the criminals.
It revealed that lack of action and the growing number of the bandits have resulted in the spread of their criminal activities to neighbouring Sokoto, Katsina, Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi and Nasarawa States.
The group while calling on security agencies to intervene, urged the Senate to release the N10b in the 2019 Budget for the victims of Zamfara crisis, which the Nigeria Senate approved.