Police arrest three suspects over Zamfara Killings

36 people were killed in Birane village in Zurmi Local Council, Zamfara State

The Nigeria Police Force have arrested three suspects in connection with the killings in Birane village in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara.

The suspects are: Halilu Garba, 45, alias Mabushi, Zubairu Marafa, 45, alias Wakili and Nafi’u Badamasi, 40, alias Zakiru.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that bandits, suspected to be cattle rustlers, had on February 14 killed 18 persons in Birane village.

The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Ibrahim Idris had deployed additional three units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) to the area.

Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim

In a statement the Force spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood, said that the suspects, who are now in custody, were assisting the Police in their investigation.

Moshood said all suspects would be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.

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NAN also reports that a joint investigation team, headed by the Assistant Inspector -General of Police in charge of intelligence at the Force Headquarters, was also dispatched to the state to fish out the perpetrators.

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