Bello Matawalle, the Governor of Zamfara State, has stated that his administration is committed to fighting against banditry in the state.
The statement was disclosed when bandits are now attempting to negotiate with the government after suffering huge casualties as a result of the military bombing, but that the mercy period is ended.
The Governor, who addressed the citizens of the state in Gusau, the state capital on Saturday, also urged them to bear with the government while it implements strict security measures to combat criminals in the state.
” My administration will not award amnesty to bandits since they have refused to accept the peace initiative that was previously given to them, ” the governor stated.
” The governor went on to say that the bandits sent representatives to him, saying they were willing to talk and negotiate, but he declined because the time for such considerations had passed. ”
It would be recalled that the federal government has ordered telecommunication companies in Zamfara State to shut down their networks, according to a news report.
It was gathered that the decision was sent in a letter to all telecom providers on Friday by Umar Garba Danbatta, the Nigerian Communications Commission’ s Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (NCC).
According to Danbatta, the network shutdown is required for security officers to carry out operations against bandit terrorists in the state.
Similarly, the Zamfara State administration recently enacted new measures to aid in the fight against terrorists in the state.
Some of these restrictions include a ban on fuel sales and the cancellation of all weekly markets throughout the state.
Others include, among other things, the suspension of animal traffic in and out of the state.
Matawalle said on Saturday that the steps have begun to bear fruit, adding that since the military and security forces turned up the heat, some of the bandits have fled Zamfara to seek refuge in neighboring states.
The Governor also warned lawmakers against providing the criminals with any type of help, such as motorcycles.
” Politicians should fear God and avoid purchasing motorcycles to distribute to people to avoid the criminals to continue their bad acts, ” Matawalle cautioned.