- The Zamfara governor, Bello Matawalle, has said that some forces are frustrating his efforts to end banditry in the state
- Matawalle who made this known on Saturday, May 29, said the state need more troops to end rising insecurity challenges
- According to him, the lack of quick response by the security forces in the wake of attacks by bandits in the state
Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has attributed the the rising cases of banditry in the state to the lack of quick response from security personnel.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the governor added that the state needs more troops to meet up the current security challenges.
Legit.ng gathered that this was contained in a statement issued on Saturday, May 29, by Matawalle's special adviser on media and communication, Zailani Bappa.
Matawalle noted that it has become imperative for the government to explain the rising cases of attacks in recent terms.
According to him, when he came on board, he examined the security challenges confronting the state and believed the best way to address them is through dialogue.
He added that both kinetic and non-kinetic strategy was adopted, saying it was their fervent prayers to see that the issue has attained tremendous success.
The statement read:
“Part of the hurdles hindering the success of the fight against banditry in the State is the lack of quick response by the security forces in the wake of attacks by bandits. Hence, all commanders deployed in the state are enjoined to take necessary measures that will ensure rapid response to distress calls.
“Government is aware of the challenges faced by security commands especially as they seemed obviously overstretched. In spite of the obvious shortfall, Government requests that special consideration should be given to Zamfara State in terms of the deployment of more forces for quicker response to all security threats.”
Vanguard also reports that Matawalle, however, commended the overall assessment of gallantry and commitment of the troops and other security operatives in the state.
He stated that the government and good people of the state would always thank and appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for the concern and total support he shows on the plight of citizens in the ongoing fight against banditry and other criminalities.
It was reported that Daudawa abandoned the amnesty offered to him by the Zamfara state government and returned back to the trenches, less than three months after his celebrated repentance.
A security source quoted in the report said Daudawa has relocated to one of the forests, near the border with Katsina state.