The Zamfara State Police Command says it has arrested about 117 persons in connection with the recent killings in Gusau, Shinkafi Local Government Areas and other parts of the state.
Confirming the arrest in a statement Friday, the spokesperson of the command, Mohammed Shehu, the suspects were arrested during a raid carried out by the IGP Special Tactical Squad in conjunction with the Command Tactical team on Thursday.
According to Shehu, the Command Tactical team arrested 72 suspected bandits who specialize in using unregistered motorcycles to ferry kidnapped victims to their hideouts, while 73 unregistered motorcycles were recovered from them in the raid which lasted for several hours.
Reiterating that all criminals at large face dire consequences when they are caught, the command enjoined members of the public to sustain their cooperation by providing timely/useful information to the police on criminal activities.
The mass arrest comes days after bandits stormed the villages on motorbikes, shooting sporadically at residents and carting away their livestock while leaving a trail of bodies behind.
The repeated attacks on communities have left residents in perpetual fear and anxiety as families are torn apart and their means of livelihood taken from them.
It remains to be seen what impact this latest arrests would have on the overall security of these villages.