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Zamfara gov on banditry: Five emirs, 10 soldiers under probe

Zamfara gov on banditry: Five emirs, 10 soldiers under probe
October 14
16:15 2019

Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara state, says five emirs and 33 district heads, are being investigated over alleged involvement in banditry.

In a tweet on Monday, the governor said four police and 10 military officers are also under probe for same reason.

He said those found guilty would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

“Five emirs, 33 district heads, four police and 10 military officers are under investigation as we believe they’re involved in the atrocities happening in the state. If found guilty of aiding and abetting bandits, they will face the full wrath of the law. No punishment is too severe,” he tweeted.

Zamfara has been under attack by bandits for over five years.

Last week, a committee set up by Matawalle to find solutions to banditry said suspected bandits had collected over N3 billion as ransom from relatives of abducted victims.

Reacting to the announcement, AbdulRasheed Kyari, a Twitter user, said the investigation should be expanded to expose other political actors involved in promoting banditry in the state.

“The investigation is commendable but it is impossible to say that no politician, not even one, is involved in these atrocities. The investigation should be extended and widen, without fair or favour, in order to bring an end to the insecurity drastically and decisively,” the tweet read.

Another user said “this is ridiculous how could same people that are to protect the people of Zamfara are the one inflicting pains and terrorize them.”

Matawalle had earlier approved the dethronement of Abubakar Cika, emir of Maru, and the removal of Lawal Ahmad, district head of Kanoma under Maru emirate council over their alleged involvement in banditry.


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