Hold Talks with Bandits, Governor Matawalle Begs Buhari's Government

Hold Talks with Bandits, Governor Matawalle Begs Buhari's Government

- The federal government has been asked to find ways to end insecurity in the country

- Governor Matawalle of Zamfara state made this call when he received an FG delegation

- Going further, the governor revealed that his administration is rolling out programmes for youths

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In efforts to end banditry and other forms of criminality in the northern region, President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to sustain the peace and dialogue initiated by Zamfara state.

This call was made Governor Bello Matawalle when he received a delegation from the Federal Government, led by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

The delegation was in the state over the fire incident at the Tudun Wada Market, Gusau.

Punch reports that Matawalle said all conflicts that have ethnic dimension can best be resolved through dialogue.

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Hold Talks with Bandits, Governor Matawalle Begs Buhari Government
Bello Matawalle has urged the Buhari administration to hold talks with bandits. Photo: @Bellomatawalle1
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Going further, he claimed dialogue was a practical choice that should be taken, given the fact that it was previously done in the Niger Delta to attain peace.

Speaking about the fire incident, he told the delegation that 63 shops were affected and a committee had been set up to assess the traders’ losses.

He added:

“As believers in God, we see the unfortunate incident as a test."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that bandits killed several people in Zamfara after deadly attacks on six villages in the state.

Jamilu Magaji, the press secretary to the state governor, disclosed that the attacks were carried out in two LGAs of the state on Friday, March 12.

The villages that came under attack included Damaga, Jihiya, Shandame, Gidan Runji Daki Hudu, and Kizara.

An outspoken social commentator and former Nigerian senator from the same state, Shehu Sani, has said that the enormity of insecurity in the north and throughout the country has been under-estimated by the federal government.

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Sani went as far as claiming that kidnapping is now a very lucrative business in the region and that students have been reduced to mere stocks.

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