- The federal government has taken a strong stand over banditry in Zamfara state
- The Buhari administration is hoping the new measures will help address insecuirty in the state
- Some communities in Zamfara state have been overrun by bandits
The Nigerian government has imposed a no-fly zone in Zamfara as part of efforts to tackle the security challenges in the state.
According to The Cable, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno disclosed on Tuesday, March 2, that President Muhammadu Buhari has banned mining activities in Zamfara to stop the rising insecurity.
He said the president had ordered the ministry of defence to deploy a massive military and intelligence assets to restore normalcy in the state.
The Nation reported that they ordered the military to reclaim all areas under the control of bandits, insurgents.
“We can no longer avoid to lose lives while operating within the legalities. We are not going to blackmailed . The government has the responsibility to assert its will.
“Citizens can reside wherever they want to reside . Anybody who is a criminal should be brought to book."
The security adviser stated that the president also warned against ethnic profiling.
Zamfara state has recorded several attacks by armed bandits.
The recent incident involved the kidnapping of hundreds of girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Talatu-Mafara local government area of the state.
Meanwhile, hours after the release of the kidnapped schoolgirls in Zamfara state. The state governor, Bello Matawalle has finally revealed how the girls were freed from their captors.
Daily Trust reported that the governor on Tuesday, March 2, said that while the state was in negotiation with kidnappers of the schoolgirls, the armed men were offered money by unnamed persons not to release the children.
Matawalle made the disclosure when he was addressing the freed Jangebe schoolgirls in Gusau, the state capital.
In another report, security agencies in Nigeria have been asked by the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) to investigate Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, The Nation reports.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday, March 2, by ACF national chairman and former minister of agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe.
According to the report, ACF urged the agencies to make the northern governor name the abductors of the Jangebe school girls after he was quoted to have said he knows the identity, of the kidnappers.
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