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Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has announced plans to change tactics in the fight against unrepentant bandits in the state.

The governor made the announcement on Saturday while playing host to governors Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa who were in the state to sympathise with the governor over the recent bandit attacks in the the state.

The governor’s Director-General on Media, Public Enlightenment and Communications, Yusuf Idris-Gusau, in a statement on Saturday, quoted Mr Matawalle as saying that in the next four days, he would overwhelm all those making life unbearable to innocent citizens in the state.

Read the full statement below:

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PRESS STATEMENT

BANDITRY: GOVERNOR MATAWALLE TO CHANGE TACTICS, APPROACH TO ARMED BANDITRY FIGHT

His Excellency, the Zamfara State Executive Governor Hon. Dr. Bello Mohammed Matawallen MON (Shattiman Sakkwato) has warned armed bandits in the state to repent or change base as he draws a new roadmap in his approach to handling the issue of security challenges facing the state.

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The governor issued the warning today when the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum paid sympathy and condolence visit to the state.

The Shattiman Sakkwato who said his recent suspension of a district head in Shinkafi emirate for conniving with bandits was just a tip of the iceberg said, in the next four days, he will overwhelm all those making life unbearable to innocent citizens in the state.

Matawalle further said he has discussed extensively with President Muhammadu Buhari and the nation’s service chiefs on the new approach which is most likely going to deal seriously with deceptive and unrepentant bandits.

He thanked security agencies for their support and cooperation in the fight against armed banditry and also thanked members of the public for sharing vital information to address suspicious movements.

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The Shattiman Sakkwato thanked the two visiting governors, Atiku Bagudo of Kebbi who is the Chairma APC Governors’Forum and governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa for the visit and their concern.

Earlier while delivering his condolence message, the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum and Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu said they were in the state to extend their heartfelt condolence to the government and good people of Zamfara State over the recent bandits attacks that resulted in the lost of innocent souls

Senator Bagudu said they were together with governor Matawalle in Abuja holding meeting on security when the sad incident happened which forced the governor to leave for Zamfara to ensure total control of the situation.

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

He prayed that the attack will be the last in the state and 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 Governor 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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Yusuf Idris Gusau
Director General, Media
Public Enlightenment and Communications.
Government House, Gusau.
24th April, 2021

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