- Governor Bello Matawalle has accused some bandits of deception
- The Zamfara state governor said he has adopted a ped out a new security strategy to keep residents safe
- Bandits have overrun several communities in Zamfara state
Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state has warned bandits in the state to repent or face severe action.
The governor on Saturday, April 24, stated that he has drawn a new roadmap in his approach to handling the issue of security challenges facing the state, according to a statement from his spokesman, Yusuf Gusau, Channels TV reported.
Matawalle disclosed that the recent suspension of a district head in Shinkafi emirate for conniving with bandits was one of the new measures he has decided to implement.
He vowed that in the next four days, he will overwhelm bandits who are troubling citizens in the state.
He said the deceptive and unrepentant bandits will be dealt with seriously with the new measures.
Meanwhile, armed bandits have laid siege in Zamfara state as over 100 citizens have been killed by the rampaging gunmen within the week.
Many more residents are also missing after the carnage by the terrorists across the state.
The killings became too frequent, prompting a reaction from President Muhammadu Buhari.
Experts say the president must go beyond warning the bandits and start matching words with actions by going after them.
In another news, the Islamic cleric and frontline mediator in the battle to end the scourge of banditry in Nigeria, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has urged the federal government to take his advice and grant amnesty to bandits for them to lay down their arms.
The Punch reports that Gumi was reacting to the killing of three students of Greenfield University, Kaduna by bandits who abducted them from their school.
Gumi told the newspaper on Friday, April 15, that the incident had underscored his position that bandits were now at war with the nation.