Cows for AK-47 — Nigerian State Offers Repentant Bandits Cows for AK-47s




In an attempt to encourage Bandits to give up a life of crime and live a normal life as responsible citizens, Zamfara state Governor Bello Matawalle has offered to give Repentant bandits two cows for every AK-47 they surrender.

Fulani herders, Saint-Louis, Senegal ©Instagram

Motorcycle-riding armed bandits in Nigeria’s north-western state of Zamfara are being offered two cows for every AK-47 they surrender.

Cows are valued by the Fulani herder community who have been accused of being behind a wave of attacks.

However, members of the community have repeatedly rejected the allegations saying that they too were victims.

An average cow in northern Nigeria costs about 100,000 naira ($260) while an AK-47 on the black market could cost as much as 500,000 naira ($1,200; £950), the BBC’s Mansur Abubakar reports.

“These bandits who choose to repent initially sold their cows to buy guns and now that they want a life free of criminality, we are asking them to bring us an AK-47 and get two cows in return, this will empower and encourage them,” Mr Matawalle said in a statement.

The attackers who operate out of abandoned forest reserves have also been ransacking communities in nearby states.

They often loot shops, steal cattle and grain, and take people hostage for ransom.

In the last decade more than 8,000 people have been killed in the states of Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara and neighbouring country Niger, according to the International Crisis Group.

The attacks are rooted in decades-long competition over resources between ethnic Fulani herders and farming communities.

The governor also promised to disband the camps in the forests where the gunmen are based.

©BBC





Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

Leave a Reply

Subscribe to receive email updates

With a subscription profile, you automatically receive updates without having to return to the website and check for changes

Just In

The Creation Story of the Akamba People of Kenya

In the beginning, Mulungu the creator is said to have formed a man and a woman in heaven before placing them on a rock in on earth, where it is said that their footprints, as well as the footprints of their animals, can still be seen today.

Bussa’s Rebellion of 1816, the Largest Slave Revolt in Barbadian History

The largest slave rebellion in Barbadian history took place during the Bussa uprising in April 1816. The rebellion takes its name from the African-born...

Top 10 Longest Serving Presidents in Africa, 2022

Equatorial Guinea's president Teodoro Obiang is the longest serving president in Africa and the world. He is closely followed by Cameroons President Paul Biya.

Cornelius Frederiks: the Namibian Captain Who Was Locked Up in a Concentration Camp for Fighting Against German Colonialists

Cornelius Frederiks was a Namibian freedom fighter who actively fought a guerrilla-style war against German colonialists during the Herero-Nama war of 1904.

List of African Countries and Their Presidents (2022)

This is a list of African countries and their presidents, heads of state, heads of governments, and other rulers in the year 2022.

More Articles Like This