Gov. Bello Matawalle gives update on how he is fighting bandits in Zamfara state

The Governor of Zamfara state, His Excellency Bello Matawalle yesterday revealed that that the state is now deploying the carrot and stick approach in handling the insecurity problem within the state, especially banditry which has claimed the lives of many people.


The governor disclosed this, because the 19 state governors of north met with heads of security agencies within the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, Major Gen Babagana Monguno (retd) in Abuja on Monday over the safety situation within the region.

This is even the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, yesterday presided over a gathering of military, Police and intelligence chiefs at Defence headquarters, following the strong dissatisfaction expressed by President Muhammadu Buhari over lack of synergy among the agencies within the fight against insecurity within the country,

Ngdailies gathered that upon rising from a gathering with the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the governor told State House correspondents that his government has adopted the carrot and dagger approach in handling insecurity within the state.

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According to him, repentant bandits that have embraced peace are reintegrated, while people who have shunned dialogue face the complete wrath of the law.

On the agenda of the meeting with the Chief of Staff, Matawalle said: “I am here to ascertain the Chief of Staff due to the difficulty of security bedeveling Zamfara State. We discussed extensively about the difficulty of insecurity in Northern Nigeria, and not just Zamfara State.

“On Monday, we met within the National Security Adviser’s office with Northern governors and therefore the military officer of Police and other security agencies. We discussed the difficulty of insecurity and therefore the Chief of Staff invited me today (yesterday) to return and brief him about insecurity in my state which I did.

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‘’We have discussed about it and understand where we are going. Zamfara government and therefore the security do their best to make sure we contain insecurity.”

Fielding question on the success of security operations against the bandits within the state, he said: “It is extremely successful. Security agencies do alright and that they are working for about one month and that we have seen the results, they need recorded tons of successes in their operations.”

Meanwhile, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, yesterday presided over a gathering of military, Police and intelligence chiefs at Defence headquarters.

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Recall that the shortage of synergy among the safety agencies had been capitalized upon severally by terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements, to wreak havoc and killings on innocent citizens across the country.

The meeting, consistent with the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major Gen John Enenche, deliberated on current security situation in parts of the country.

Enenche said: “The meeting was to re-strategize and enhance existing synergy among all security agencies to deal with the safety challenges bedeviling the state .”

“The meeting, which was well attended by heads of security architecture within the country, dwelled on developing and mapping out new strategies to promptly address the untoward security situation rising from banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling also as other sundry criminalities, particularly within the North West, North East and North Central parts of the country.”

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