- Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara will soon return to the state, the acting governor has said
- Sanusi Rikiji, who is acting while the governor is away said, the governor has been terribly devastated by the resurgence of banditry in the state
- Yari has been away for a while now; during which time bandits returned with more severity, killing villagers, burning houses and food stuff
The acting governor of Zamfara state, Sanusi Rikiji, has expressed concern over the resurgence of banditry in the state, saying the state governor, Abdulaziz Yari, would soon be in the country.
He made the remark when he separately received the minister of interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, and the chief of air staff, Sadique Abubakar, at the Government House, Gusau on Wednesday, December 26, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Dambazau and Abubakar were in the state in connection with the fresh attack in the state by bandits.
He said: “My governor will soon be in the country and to the state because he has been terribly devastated by the resurgence of banditry when we were just feeling the hoodlums had been defeated and peace had been restored to the state."
Rikiji, who is also the speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, said the governor’s return would further boost the planned stakeholders meeting with security personnel and pave the way for new approaches against the bandits.
In their separate remarks, the federal government officials said they were in the state on the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to them, they would remain in the state to coordinate harsher confrontation against the bandits in Zamfara and all the neighbouring states, especially Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Kaduna and Niger.
They appealed to the people of the state to give security personnel the necessary support and cooperation so as to ensure the success of the various operations being carried out by security agents deployed to the state.
The state governor, Abdulaziz Yari, has been away for a while now during which time the bandits returned with more severity, killing particularly villagers, burning houses and food stuff.
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that there were claims that the increased killing of innocent people by suspected armed bandits and cattle rustlers in Zamfara communities made Governor Abdul’aziz Yari stay away from the state for days.
More than 40 people were allegedly left deed in the last two weeks in renewed attacks by the suspected armed bandits. A mass protest in Tsafe local government area of the state was staged on Monday, December 24, over increased killings by the suspects.
Governor Yari was said to have handed over his position to Sanusi Garba Rikiji, the speaker of House of Assembly, before he left the state, avoiding his deputy, Ibrahim Wakkala Mohammed.
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