- The governor of Zamfara, Bello Matawalle, believes some politicians are rejoicing over banditry in his state
- Matawalle on Thursday, January 21, threatened to expose such persons
- The governor said bandits always strike in the state when he is not on seat
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Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has threatened to expose Nigerian politicians who are happy over the activities of bandits in his state.
Matawalle, who spoke on Thursday, January 21, said armed criminals always attack citizens whenever he is out of the state, Punch reports.
The governor in his speech noted that he will not stop at anything to expose these ill-willed politicians who want his downfall.
“I wonder what is happening, but I am not surprised because I know that there are some politicians who are always happy to hear that some people are killed in Zamfara.
“Let me send a strong warning to them, that as from today, I will take a very drastic action against those politicians who are sabotaging our security efforts.”
Matawalle revealed that while a meeting was going on in Government House, he received information that 13 people were killed in Bingi and 11 others were kidnapped in Nahuche, all in one local government area.
The governor added that with a massive protest ongoing between Anka and Jangebe parts of the state, two Fulani herdsmen have been killed in the Maradun local government area.
Meanwhile, Matawalle had revealed how he facilitated the release of 344 schoolboys of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara without payment of ransom.
In an interview, Matawalle said he used repentant bandits and the leadership of Miyetti Allah to identify the syndicate that led the abduction, and then started the negotiation process.
“When we established contact with them, I persuaded them to release them unharmed. And so they did tonight. This is not the first time we facilitated the release of our people without payment of ransom."
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