Killing Of Prominent Fulani Leader Escalating Banditry In Zamfara – Matawalle

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle is raising alarm over the level of criminality in the state.

 

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has attributed the escalation of banditry and kidnapping in the state to unresolved lingering conflict between herders and farmers by past administrations.

Matawalle also inferred that the failure of some states in the Northwest region to enter into dialogue with the bandits has further led to the degeneration of the menace.

Furthermore, the governor identified the killing of a prominent Fulani leader in Dansadau as another factor responsible for the escalation of banditry in the state, saying that followers of the Slainned Fulani leader in Zamfara, Kebbi, and Sokoto states became aggrieved and started attacking perceived killers of their leader to avenge his death.

This he said, subsequently led to hostilities between the Fulani and Hausa communities, with each group attacking and killing one another.

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Speaking through his Commissioner-designate, Ibrahim Dosara during a Security conference in Kaduna State, Governor Matawalle said the herders and farmers’ conflict lingered for too long due to the weakening of the traditional institution and the judiciary in resolving the problem or prosecuting offenders.

He noted that the inability of the government to resolve the conflict consequently made some of the actors involved devise some other means of tackling the problem, which sadly resulted in banditry within Zamfara.

Other contributory factors that escalated banditry in Zamfara state according to the Commissioner, include the proliferation of arms into the Northwest region through the porous borders from some African countries like Mali, Libya, and Chad.

APC Stakeholders Meet In Kaduna Over Matawalle’s Planned Defection

A file photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.

 

Stakeholders of the Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressive Congress on Monday held a meeting in Kaduna State where they discussed the planned defection of the state Governor, Bello Matawalle into the party.

The meeting had in attendance two former governors of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari and Mahmud Shinkafi, as well former senators, ministers and state APC chairman, Lawal Liman.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, the former Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, who is also the APC leader in Zamfara, said after much deliberation, they have decided to welcome Governor Bello Matawalle into the party despite their initial resistance, on the condition that he will abide by the party’s principles and progressive ideology.

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He said that though Governor Matawalle failed to face governance and unite the entire people of the state since his assumption of office, the APC as a family will still accommodate him in the party with the hope that he will add more value to the party than destabilizing it.

Meanwhile, the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dissolved its executive in Zamfara State, warning that the governor will lose his seat upon defection.

The National publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, at a press briefing on Monday, also said the party will go to court to challenge the governor’s exit from the party.

I Agree With Declaration Of ‘No-Fly Zone’ If It Will Bring Peace In Zamfara – Matawalle

 

Governor Bello Matawalle says he is not at variance with the Federal Government regarding the declaration of ‘No-Fly Zone’ in Zamfara.

“This decision that was taken is very very good and what all Nigerians are looking for is how the bad elements can be flushed out from all corners of the country,” Matawalle stated on Channels Television Politics Today.

The governor said contrary to claims making the rounds, he is not intimidated by anyone; adding that the order is not something to be worried about.

The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno, had on Tuesday said President Buhari approved the declaration “No-Fly Zone” in Zamfara, as part of efforts to tackle the security challenges in the state.

While stressing that he has no issue with the order, Matawalle however, expressed disappointment that the National Security Council did not consult him before making the declaration.

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When asked how he felt about the release of the schoolgirls, the governor said he was extremely happy with the release of the students.

He explained that his administration received the students after engaging the bandits, noting that he lost sleep within the period.

“I am very happy with the situation; I can’t measure how happy I was at that moment. On that very day, I did not sleep because they left Gusau around 11 am in the morning to the area where the children were kept.

“They did not come back to the state capital till after 4 am in the morning which we were all waiting for them in the Government House,” he added.

The governor insisted that no ransom was paid to secure the release of the over 300 abducted students of the Government Secondary School in the Jangebe.

“There is nothing in exchange for the release; we use those (bandits) that are repented. When we use them, they engage them and I said they should ask them why they did that”.

How Repentant Bandits Handed Over Abducted Schoolgirls To Security Agents – Matawalle

 

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara says repentant bandits played a vital role in the release of about 300 Jangebe schoolgirls recently abducted by bandits in the state.

The governor said on Wednesday that the repentant bandits joined the military to go rescue the kidnapped girls.

He said the repentant bandits held talks with their unrepentant counterparts and were able to secure the release of the students and returned the girls to the waiting security operatives.

Matawalle spoke while featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“Zamfara has a very vast area and we have borders with different states like Niger, Kebbi, Kaduna, Sokoto, and Katsina. When it (the abduction) happened, I spoke with the security agents and they went together with the repentant bandits to the place where these guys (abductors) promised to bring the children.

“We provided vehicles with all the security –the Army, the Police, the Air Force, and everyone to go along with those guys (repentant bandits) and they (security agents) remained in one of the areas called Bingi. So, the repentant ones brought them to the security agents to convey them from there to the state capital,” the governor stated when asked to narrate how the schoolgirls were released.

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According to the governor, the peace accord struck with bandits who have chosen to repent is paying off in Zamfara State.

“No matter how people may see the peace, dialogue, and reconciliation efforts as unnecessary, to me it is very important,” Matawalle stated.

He further noted that former bandits in Zamfara State are tired of indulging in criminal activities.

Reacting to claims that the govt paid a ransom to secure the release of the Jangebe Girls, Governor Matawalle said there was no truth to the assertions.

“There is nothing in exchange for the release,” the governor stated.

When asked how he felt about the release of the schoolgirls, the governor said he was extremely happy with the release of the students.

The Zamfara Governor said: “I am very happy with the situation; I can’t measure how happy I was at that moment. On that very day, I did not sleep because they left Gusau around 11 am in the morning to the area where the children were kept.

“They did not come back to the state capital till after 4 am in the morning where we were all waiting for them in the Government House.”

Seven Notorious Bandits Repent, Surrender Weapons In Zamfara

 

Seven notorious bandits on Friday repented and surrendered their weapons to the Zamfara State Government.

The repentant bandits also took an oath to stop banditry and embrace the peace accord instituted by State Governor Bello Matawalle to end the decade-old banditry in the state.

They were received at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital, in the presence of some traditional rulers and Islamic clerics who took turns to counsel them as their weapons were handed over to the State Police Command.

They surrendered 14 weapons including AK 47 rifles.

The bandits who swore by the Holy Qur’an indicated their willingness to stop banditry and embrace peace for the rest of their lives.

Arms and ammunition surrendered by the repentant bandits.

 

The State Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Dauran who presented the bandits to Governor Matawalle said they willingly took the decision to accept the peace offered by the Governor and will accept to be re-integrated into the society.

The governor accepted their resolve as they took the oath with the Holy Quran not to either go back to their past ways or become informants for their former colleagues who are yet to key into the peace process.

Governor Matawalle also promised to continue with the peace process in the state employing the carrot and stick approach towards a successful end to the menace in the state.

Zamfara State Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Dauran while briefing journalists said over 1,000 kidnapped victims have been rescued and over 148 weapons with 1,418 live ammunitions surrendered by bandits since the inception of peace dialogue with bandits.

As part of efforts to fight banditry, Governor Matawalle’s administration has made it a policy to extend an olive branch to bandits who are willing to give up a life of crime.

The policy has been noted to have significantly reduced the frequency of banditry and bloody attacks in the state.

Other state governments in the northern region troubled by bandit activities have employed a similar approach with varying success.