- Governor Bello Matawalle visits Zamfara police command headquarters following the arrest of suspected supplier of food and arms to bandits
- Matawalle says as the chief security officer in Zamfara, he will find a lasting solution to the security challenges facing the state
Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara on Tuesday, June 4, commended the police for the recent arrest of a suspected supplier of food and arms to bandits in bushes in the state.
He made the commendation when he visited the police command in the state in Gusau, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The governor, who was conducted round the command headquarters by the commissioner of Police, Mr Celestine Okoye, directed that an abandoned eight-bedroom building in the premises should be completed immediately.
He said that his visit to the command was part of his programme of encouraging security agencies in the fight against armed banditry and other crimes in the state.
“As the chief security officer, l will not shy away from my responsibilities in this regard but will always be in the lead to find lasting solution to the security challenges facing the state,” Matawalle said.
Receiving the governor, Okoye disclosed that the suspected arms supplier, who he gave his name as Sani Rabiu was tracked by the police with a consignment to bandits’ hideout in Ajjah bush in Gusau Local Government Area.
According to him, the food suspect doubled as gun runner and supplied the food and other necessities to the bandits who terrorize communities particularly in Gusau and Tsafe local government areas.
He said that the suspect met with his waterloo when he was caught with 10 mini-trucks loaded with assorted food items meant for delivery to the criminals.
“We also discovered that he was carrying four AK 47 rifles and was on a road that seemed very suspicious when our vigilant patrol team stopped him.
“The road was from Sabon-birni town of Sokoto state through Munhaye village in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara state,” Okoye told the governor.
Meanwhile, the director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Prof Ishaq Akintola, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to order heads of all security outfits in the country to eliminate all known kidnappers’ camps and hideouts.
Akintola in his Eid-el-fitri message on Tuesday, June 3, said that security agencies should take the battle to the kidnappers camps, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He also urged government to introduce welfare packages for the poor as a mitigating factor to checking these societal ills.
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