- The Zamfara state governor has given insight on what the government is doing to curb banditry in the state
- Abdulaziz Yari said he has ordered security chiefs in the stare to head field operations in the fight against bandits
- According to the governor, the ban on mining activities in the state has further frustrated the bandits and their hiding places
Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara has ordered security chiefs in the stare to head field operations in the fight against bandits.
Yari made this known on Monday, April 15, while addressing newsmen at the end of the state Security Council meeting which held at his private residence in Talata-Mafara.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting which started at the government House, Gusau on Saturday was concluded on Sunday, April 14, in Talata-Mafara.
“We want to intensify the operations and we concluded that the security will now be closer to their men on the field.
“There will certainly be no room for the bandits. I want to assure Nigerians and the rest of the world that armed banditry and other criminal activities will soon come to an end in Zamfara.
“We will set up camps in all the affected areas so that coordination of the operation can be easier and on target.
“We are going to send the same message to all the other affected states of Kebbi, Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto and Niger, so that we jointly operate on the same frequency in dealing with the criminals,” he said.
The governor, who commended the recent ban on mining activities in the state by the Federal Government noted that the ban had further frustrated the bandits and their hiding places.
“We have realised that there is a partnership between the criminals and the miners, because some of the kidnap victims reported that they were kept near mining sites.
“The state government has never benefited from any royalties or tax from these miners, so they have not contributed anything towards the development of the state,” Yari maintained.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Air Force has on Saturday, April 13, destroyed some logistics stores belonging to bandits within Kagara forest in Zamfara state.
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This was disclosed in a statement by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, director of public relations and information of the force.
According to Daramola, the raid was carried out during operation DIRAN MIKIYA which was set up to clear the area of bandits.
The director also confirmed that four armed bandits were killed during the operation which completely wiped out the bandits' logistics facility.
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