Zamfara school security guard aided bandits in abducting students, says Gov Matawalle

Zamfara school security guard aided bandits in abducting students, says Gov Matawalle

- More details are been made public concerning the abduction of some schoolgirls in Zamfara state

- The Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, has been quite vocal since the incident occurred

- The governor has revealed the role played by a security man in the school during the kidnapping saga

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Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state has revealed that the security man of the Government Secondary School in Jangebe, was involved in the abduction of the schoolgirls on Friday, February 26.

The governor made the revelation on Wednesday, March 5 while speaking on a Channels Television political programme.

Governor Matawalle said information at his disposal indicated that the school’s security guard aided the bandits in whisking the students away.

Zamfara school’s security guard aided bandits in abducting students, says Gov Matawalle
Governor Matawalle has been quite vocal since the abduction of the schoolgirls. Photo credit: @Bellomatawalle1
Source: UGC

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His words:

“The children have mentioned that after releasing them, the bandits were telling them to greet the watchman for them. They even mentioned his name that he is the one who gave them the go-ahead to come, that he was involved.
“They have said it in front of the commissioner of police in Zamfara state. I assure Nigerians that investigation will be carried out and all people involved will be known.” had earlier reported that Governor Matawalle expressed his readiness to resign his position as the state's number one citizen if it means things get better in the state.

The governor said he is ready to step down if that will restore security in the troubled northwestern state.

Meanwhile, Governor Matawalle has rejected the National Security Council’s decision to declare Zamfara state as a no-fly zone.

According to the governor, the federal government does not understand the situation in his domain, adding that he should have been invited to the meeting where a weighty decision like that was taken.

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In a related development, security agencies in Nigeria have been asked by the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) to investigate Governor Matawalle.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday, March 2, by ACF national chairman and former minister of agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe.

The demand was made after the governor declared that he had been able to figure out sponsors of banditry in Zamfara state.

Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at


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