Gov. Matawalle Warns Unrepentant Bandits

The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle has reiterated his commitment to tackling insecurity, stating that his administration is seeking new means of combating the challenges in the state.

Matawalle stated this on Saturday while receiving the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu in Gusau, the state capital.

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The kebbi state governor alongside his Jigawa counterpart, Badaru Abubakar had paid a visit to Gusau to sympathize with Matawalle over the recent killings in some local government areas in the state.

In a statement issued by Matawalle’s spokesman, Yusuf Gusau, the governor warned that armed bandits in the state should repent or change base as he is drawing a new roadmap in his approach to tackling security challenges facing the state.

He said his recent suspension of a district head in Shinkafi emirate for conniving with bandits was just the tip of the iceberg, adding that in the next four days, he will overpower all those making lives unbearable to innocent citizens in the state.

According to the governor who stated that he has discussed extensively with President Muhammadu Buhari and the nation’s service chiefs on the new approach noted that he is optimistic that it will deal seriously with deceptive and unrepentant bandits.

He further expressed thanks to security agencies for their support and cooperation in the fight against armed banditry and also appreciated members of the public for sharing vital information which helped in addressing suspicious movements.

Meanwhile, the kebbi state governor noted that they were together in a security meeting with governor Matawalle in Abuja when the sad incident of banditry happened which forced the governor to leave for Zamfara to ensure total control of the situation.

“As a result, we followed him to Gusau and consoled him as a good brother who we shared the same pains and grief with,” Bagudu said.

He prayed that the attack will be the last in the state and also prayed for the souls of the departed.

The visit was attended by Speaker, Zamfara State House Assembly, Hon Nasiru Maazu Magarya; Honorary Advisor to the Governo, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda Gusau; Secretary to the Zamfara State Government, Alhaji Bala Bello Maru; Head of Service, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe; Chief of Staff Government House, Col Bala Mande rtd; PDP State Chairman, Alhaji Tukur Umar Danfulani Maikatako, Commissioners, Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries, and Directors General, among others.

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