The executive Governor of zamfara state ” Bello Matawalle” (matawallen maradun) says that the state government will no longer pardon or hold a dialogue with bandits again.The governor said that to engage with bandits again, instead security operatives would flush them out of the state.
He added “My administration will no longer pardon or grant amnesty to bandits as they have failed to cherish the peace initiative earlier extended to them,’’ the governor made the statement while addressing a congregation.
Moreover, He urged residents to be patient and adhere tot new security measures put in place to illiminate the bandits and their collaborators to restore peace and normalcy in the state.
Governor matawalle also said the barrage of attacks on bandits by security operatives had made them to make a fresh proposal to government seeking dialogue again.
He said the bandits’ representative informed him that they had repented and would want to dialogue with government.
Furthermore, he said some of the arm bandits were running out of Zamfara to other states as a result of the new security measures introduced by the state government in collaboration with Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC).
The governor further issued a warning to politicians against giving any form of support to bandits, he said: “politicians should fear God and stop buying motorcycles to distribute to people who, in turn, sell it to bandits to perpetuate their criminal acts.’’ The governor said also that Zamfara government would prosecute any politician caugh redt handed in the act.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Zamfara state had cut off food, selling of petroleum in Jerrycans and other essential commodities from the reach of the bandits in their various hideouts.
The state government had also incepted several vehicles conveying food, drinks and petroleum products to various bandits’ camps in the state. The government said as of now, it had arrested more than 100 violators of Gov. Matawalle’s Executive Order to restore law and order across the state.
Gov.Matawalle had established a Special Taskforce to enforce measures to address the lingering security challenges of mass kidnapping and asking for ransom and cattle rustling in the state.
On Aug. 26, the governor gave an Executive Order, suspending all weekly markets, banned bicycles and motorcycles from carrying more than one passenger and not more than three passengers in the case of tricycles across the state.
The order read in part: “No bicycle, motorcycle or tricycle shall ply any road or run within Zamfara State between 6.30 p.m. and 6 a.m., while in Gusau metropolis, the ban shall be between 8 p.m. and 6a.m.
“No firewood or charcoal shall be imported from the bush to any part of Zamfara State by bicycle, motorcycle, tricycle, car, articulated vehicle, lorry, truck or any vehicle by whatever name called.“No sheep or cow shall be imported into or exported out of the State.