Zamfara: 5 Emirs, 33 districts, many heads of the village collaborating with bandits.

The committee in Zamfara on finding solutions to banditry said it had concrete evidence on Friday that five Emirs in the state were involved in the outbreak of banditry that killed more than 6,319 men and women.

The committee chairman and former police inspector general Mohammed Abubakar also said 33 district and the bandits were also working with several village heads.

The traditional rulers were not publicly named by Abubakar, who made the disclosure while sending the report of the committee to Gov. Bello Matawalle in Gusau on Friday.

He added that in the banditry which lasted in the state for about a decade, 10 soldiers, several police officers and civil servants were discovered to have their hands smeared.

Nonetheless, the former IGP said some security staff and one emir were creditably distinguished in protecting the people. He said the committee had recommended that the emir be rewarded with national honor when promoting the officers to their next ranks.

Abubakar said the 300-page document would be important in resolving security issues in the country for other state governments and the federal government.

Nigeria News Agency (NAN) confirms that Gov. Matawalle inaugurated the panel in July and conducted its inquiry from June 2011 to May 2019.