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 Why in news

  • More than a hundred people have been killed in central Nigeria in a series of attacks on villages..

  • Military gangs, locally called bandits, launched well-coordinated attacks in no fewer than 20 different communities. 

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Who are bandits 

  • In northwest Nigeria, particularly in states like Zamfara, Katsina, and Kaduna, "bandits" refers to armed criminal groups and ethnic militias involved in various forms of violence. 

These groups often engage in:

  1. Cattle rustling: Stealing livestock, particularly cattle, for profit or to destabilize communities.

  2. Kidnapping: Abducting individuals for ransom, targeting both locals and travelers.

  3. Attacks on villages and towns: Raiding communities, looting supplies, and sometimes injuring or killing residents.

  • The situation in northwest Nigeria is complex and involves historical factors, resource competition, and ethnic tensions

  • Attributing blame solely to any one group or factor would be simplistic and potentially harmful.

  • It's important to stay informed while approaching this topic with sensitivity and awareness of the human cost and complex factors involved.

  • Remember, labels like "bandits" can often oversimplify realities and contribute to harmful stereotypes.



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