Ban­dits kill 27 in Zam­fara vil­lages

‘Men key to suc­cess­ful fam­ily plan­ning ser­vices’

Weekly Trust - - Front Page - Shehu Umar, Gusau Ojoma Akor

Sus­pected armed ban­dits have killed at least 27 peo­ple in at­tacks on Kabaro and Dan­mani vil­lages in Maru Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Zam­fara State, Daily Trust gath­ered. Last week, 26 peo­ple were killed in sim­i­lar at­tacks on Ku­ruKuru and Jarkuka vil­lages in Anka Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area.

The at­tack on Kabaro, a vil­lage lo­cated 24 kilo­me­tres west of Dansadau town came six years after at least 18 peo­ple were shot by ban­dits and cat­tle rustlers in the same com­mu­nity in Oc­to­ber 2012.

The trou­bled Dansadau dis­trict is one of the ar­eas hit hard by the ac­tiv­i­ties of armed ban­dits and cat­tle rustlers. The no­to­ri­ous cat­tle rustling king­pin called Buharin Daji was killed in a for­est near Dansadau town.

Res­i­dents told Daily Trust that the gun­men had ear­lier in­ter­cepted two men on a mo­tor bike on their way to the vil­lage from Dansadau town and shot them. An­gered by the de­vel­op­ment, res­i­dents mo­bi­lized and caught one of the ban­dits,

Sand pub­licly ex­e­cuted him.

Upon learn­ing about the de­vel­op­ment, the gun­men re­turned, laid siege on the com­mu­nity and started shoot­ing at res­i­dents after they had blocked likely es­cape routes. They killed 23 peo­ple in Kabaro and four in Dam­mani.

Zam­fara’s po­lice spokesman, DSP Muham­mad Shehu, con­firmed the at­tack. take­hold­ers in the health­care sec­tor have said it is im­por­tant to in­volve and tar­get men in all in­ter­ven­tions and dis­cus­sions on fam­ily plan­ning in or­der to en­sure suc­cess. They said men’s own­er­ship and re­spon­si­bil­ity on fam­ily plan­ning was also im­por­tant in meet­ing Nige­ria’s fam­ily plan­ning 2020 com­mit­ments.

The stake­hold­ers gave the ad­vice yes­ter­day in Abuja dur­ing a fo­rum or­gan­ised by the Nige­ria Health Watch with the theme ‘The Ele­phant In The Room Men As Change Agents In Fam­ily Plan­ning Dis­course’.

UNFPA Coun­try Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Nige­ria, Dr Diene Keita, said that ev­i­dence from sci­en­tific re­search has shown that en­gag­ing lo­cal male net­works could pos­i­tively in­flu­ence up­take of fam­ily plan­ning ser­vices.

The Amira FOMWAN Kano State chap­ter, Ha­jiya Sa’adatu Hashim, said Nige­ria could not af­ford to ex­clude men in the dis­course as they were the de­ci­sion mak­ers, es­pe­cially in the North.

The Chair­man As­so­ci­a­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Fam­ily Plan­ning, Dr Ejike Orji, said Nige­ria is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing de­mo­graphic crises and that fam­ily plan­ning should be taken as a se­ri­ous na­tional de­vel­op­ment strat­egy for the coun­try to move for­ward.

The Di­rec­tor Fam­ily Health Depart­ment, Fed­eral Min­istry of Health, Dr Ade­bimpe Ade­biyi, said fam­ily plan­ning was key to end­ing poverty in the coun­try.

Coun­try Di­rec­tor Marie Stopes, Ef­fiom Ef­fiom, said men must show a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude to fam­ily plan­ning.

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