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Matawalle visits Zamfara communities attacked by bandits, promises improved security

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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State on Saturday visited communities recently attacked by bandits  in Maru and Maradun LGAs of the state, and promised to improve security.

Recall that gunmen had last week attacked Dutsingari, Rayyau and Janbako communities in the two LGAs and killed more than 40 people.

During a visit to the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs’ temporary camp in a primary school in Kanoma Ashalafiya community of Maru LGA, Mr Matawalle described the incident as unfortunate.

The IDPs, mainly women and children, were displaced from Dustengari, Rayyau, Talli, Mahuta and Munkuru communities over fear of bandits’ attack.

Mr Matawalle said the visit was to sympathise with the IDPs over the incident.

“When the incident happened last week,   I was not in the country. I quickly came back to ensure that the situation is under control.

“We are going to return you to your communities.

“We are going to provide permanent security points in your communities and ensure your safety while in your communities,” Mr Matawalle said.

The governor directed an immediate supply of food items and essential commodities to the IDPs.

He urged residents of the state to embark on prayers to seek God’s intervention in the security situation.

The Emir of Maru, Muhammadu Maigari, thanked the governor for the visit.

Mr Maigari called on the residents of the state to offer special prayers against insecurity.

In Janbako community, the governor donated N5million to the families of the deceased.

Mr Matawalle appealed to residents of the state to continue to support the state government and security agencies in the ongoing peace process.



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