PDP suspends campaign over killing of senator’s sister, others

Kabiru Marafa

Following the killing of Senator Kabiru Marafa’s sister and others, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended its governorship campaign in Zamfara State.

Suspected gunmen had on Monday stormed Ruwan Bore community in Gusau local government area, killing scores and setting houses ablaze.

The party’s governorship candidate, Bello Matawalle, announced the decision in Gusau on Tuesday.

“l want to announce that I have suspended all my campaign programmes due to the renewed rising bandits activities in the state.

“l also wish to call on the government and security agencies to come up with practical measures that will adequately bring the bandits activities to an end,” he said.

Mr Matawalle expressed concern over the new dimensions that suspected gunmen were taking by first identifying their targets before launching attack.

An eye witness, Usman Makama, told NAN that the gunmen moved into the house of the district head, who is also husband of Senator Marafa’s elder sister, and shot her dead.

“They put the gun in her mouth and blew up her head after which they abducted the village head and one other person and then moved inside the village.

“This morning, we carried out the burial rites of 13 persons including Ade, the district head’s wife and we were told that the bandits attacked two other villages of Tudun Wadan Mai Jatau and Takoka where they killed scores,” the eyewitness said.

Zamfara police spokesman, Mohammed Shehu, said the police were on top of the situation but that details were still scanty.