The Chairman of the Zamfara State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad, has again criticize the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, for accusing traditional rulers of aiding banditry.

The Chairman said the minister ought to have been fired by President Muhammadu Buhari for making this allegation.

He also said Dan-Ali, who hails from Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara State, ought to have relocated to his local government as part of efforts to tackle banditry.

He said, “It is very unfortunate for the defence minister to accuse us of aiding banditry. If it were in another country, the minister would have been fired because it is a very serious allegation. He said it was not only the traditional rulers in Zamfara that were aiding the bandits but even those in other parts of the North. But we kept quiet because he is our own. Go to his local government area and see what is happening. So, as a defence minister, he should have relocated there.”

However, the chairman commended the Federal Government for deploying troops to the state to combat banditry.

But he noted that the troops deployed were not adequate.

Ahmad stated, “I have already explained that I have an able officer deployed in my domain. The only hindrance is that the troops deployed here are very few in number and have no required equipment to fight the bandits. Nevertheless, the leader of the team acts promptly and very fast whenever there is a problem.”

According to him, the soldiers are seriously inadequate, “not only in my domain, but in the whole state.”

Ahmad appealed to the Federal Government to act “as quickly as possible by coming to our rescue because if nothing is urgently done, there is going to be human tragedy in Zamfara.”