Member of Parliament Muhammad Ahmad was killed in Zamfara State, Northern Nigeria, by gunmen along the Sheme-Funtua road in Katsina State. He was on his way to Kano after attending a welcoming ceremony for Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State and members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) National Assembly.
Nigeria has been experiencing a serious security crisis in its north for years. Honorable Member of Parliament Muhammad Ahmad, who was on his way to Kano after attending a rally to welcome Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State and members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) National Assembly, was killed on Tuesday night by gunmen. The death is a further challenge to the country’s authorities, who are sparing no effort in the fight against terrorism and cross-border banditry.
The Director General of Media and Publicity at the Zamfara State House of Assembly, Mustapha Jafaru, confirmed the incident to journalists. He noted that the late MP Muhammad Ahmad was buried on Wednesday in accordance with Muslim tradition. Governor Matawalle walked out of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with all the elected officials in the state, except his deputy, Mahdi Aliyu, and a member of the state legislature.
Earlier this month, over 90 people were reportedly killed when gunmen attacked Kadawa village in Zurmi LGA of the state. The bandits, who reportedly spoke in foreign languages, shot at anyone who tried to escape during the attack. Reacting to the incessant attacks in the state, Bello Matawalle, the governor, lamented that the insecurity situation in Zamfara was worsening. Matawalle said despite efforts to reduce the menace, banditry had returned to what it was before his administration. He vowed that criminals and their patrons will not be spared, regardless of their social status.
In 2019, the state government reached a peace agreement with the gunmen. About 15 brand new Hilux vehicles and cash gifts were also handed over to the leaders of various ‘repentant’ bandit gangs by the governor in 2020. Despite all these efforts, communities in the state are still being attacked and residents kidnapped or killed.