- More troops are expected to arrive in Zamfara soon to help in curbing the activities of bandits in the state
- The troops have been deployed by the military on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari
- Additional measures have been put in place by the Zamfara state government before the arrival of the troops
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate deployment of 6000 troops to Zamfara to help in fighting banditry which has ravaged the states for months.
Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle made the announcement in a broadcast to residents of the state on Tuesday evening, March 9.
Daily Trust quoted him as saying:
“In the fall out my discussion with President Muhammadu Buhari and the security higher commands in Abuja, it was resolved that 6000 additional troops will be deployed to the state.”
The directive from the president comes days after Governor Matawalle revealed how a community in Zamfara state resisted an attack by bandits recently.
The governor who spoke through his deputy chief of staff, Bashir Maru, on Friday, March 5, said villagers in Ruwan Tofa community resisted and killed some of the bandits, who attacked them on Thursday, March 5.
Legit.ng 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.
The governor made the comment after the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) asked security agencies to investigate him.
The demand was made by the influential northern group after Governor Matawalle 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 Legit.ng. 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 email@example.com.