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Matawalle restates commitment to end banditry, kidnapping 



Matawalle restates commitment to end banditry, kidnapping 

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has reaffirmed his commitment to ridding the state of banditry, kidnapping and other crimes.

This is contained in a statement from his press secretary, Jamilu Birnin-Magaji, on Tuesday in Gusau.

According to the statement, Mr. Matawalle declared this while receiving the leadership of Jama’atul Izalatul Bidi’a Wa’ikamatus Sunnah, JIBWIS, led by its national president, Sheikh Abdullahi Bala-Lau.

The delegation was in the state to show solidarity with the governor for the recent bandit attacks in the Anka and Bukkuyum local government areas of the state.

Mr. Matawalle confirmed that the alleged bandits killed 58 people during the attacks.

While welcoming the visit, Mr. Matawalle said that the state government had taken proactive steps to end banditry and other criminal activities in the state.

The governor, who visited the affected villages, assured residents that security forces were following the bandits behind the killings.

He said the state government and law enforcement agencies had made formidable plans to ensure the killers were arrested and prosecuted.

Mr. Matawalle urged JIBWIS leaders to embark on awareness activities (Da’awah) to preach peace and tranquility, as well as raise awareness about the dangers of killing innocent souls.

He said the state government would help the organization with the necessary support and logistics to allow it to reach all the nooks and crannies of the country to preach peace.

Mr. Matawalle assured of efforts to secure the release of kidnapped victims through continued attacks by security agents on identified bandit camps.

He said the state government had blocked all possible exit points for bandits fleeing the state and praised the federal government for its commitment to fighting terrorist groups in the country.

The governor also applauded President Muhamnadu Buhari for his efforts to rid the country of current security challenges.

Earlier, Bala-Lau said that the delegation was in Zamfara to express sympathy with the state government and people for the bandit attacks in Anka and Bukkuyum.

Bala-Lau described the killings as “inhuman and barbaric” and urged the federal government to address the threat.

The cleric urged Muslims to pray for an end to the carnage and peace in the nation.

While praising the governor for his tireless efforts to restore law and order, Bala-Lau advised him to initiate a reconciliation process between the aggrieved communities.


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