- Some influential leaders have been indicted for aiding banditry in Zamfara state
- The governor of the state said those found wanting will made scapegoats
- The committee which was set up in July is headed by a former Inspector General of Police
A committee set up by the Zamfara government to probe the activities of bandits in the state have indicted five emirs and 33 district heads.
In a 300-page report presented to Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle, the committee recommended the removal of the traditional rulers.
The committee headed by a former Inspector General of Police Muhammad Abubakar submitted its report on Friday, October 11.
Interestingly, the names of the traditional rulers affected were not made public.
The committee, however, said the monarchs were indicted following their involvement in the series of atrocities committed by armed bandits and cattle rustlers in the state.
The committee also called for the outright dismissal of four police officers, the promotion of seven police officers, court marshal of 10 military officers and promotion of one. Those recommended for sack were found to be accomplices to cattle rustlers and bandits.
They also asked the government to cater for families of two slain military officers in recognition of their roles in returning peace to the state. Some top civil servants in the state were also recommended for a sack.
The committee was constituted by Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle in July to find the immediate and remote causes of armed banditry and cattle rustling and proffer lasting solutions to the problems that have plagued the state for years.
Part of the recommendations of the committee includes; restructuring emirate councils in the state, establishing a foundation for orphans and widows, revoking all lands allocated to farmers and companies and disarmament of armed men in the state.
Speaking at the presentation, Governor Matawalle commended the committee for its work, adding that he would discuss the recommendations with President Muhammadu Buhari.
He vowed that anyone found to have been involved in perpetrating, conniving, conspiring, aiding or abetting banditry would be dealth with.
Meanwhile, suspected bandits last week killed a policeman and seven members of a local security operative in Niger state.
The bandits rustled several heads of cattle from a village and were escaping with the animals when the incident occurred.
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