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Matawalle Denies The Punch’s Report on Involvement of Zamfara Citizens in Ondo Crisis

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Zamfara state government has expressed dismay over a recent publication by the Punch newspaper, credited to Ondo state govt, alleging the involvement of Zamfara indigenes residents in that state in some unholy activities.

The Zamfara state governor, Bello Muhammed Matawalle therefore condemned in strongest terms, this act of injustice and blackmail meted the good and law abiding citizens of our great state residing in that state who are innocently pursuing their legitimate businesses.

The state therefore challenges Ondo state government to provide proof, that Zamfara state indigenes are owners of that night club shutdown by the Ondo state government due to drug peddling and commercial sex activities.

If at all the unsubstantiated allegations leveled against the good people of Zamfara state residents in Ondo were true, the Ondo state government should have communicated to Zamfara state government for action, rather than tribalism which may cause disunity and unnecessary and avoidable consequences within the communities of the hitherto friendly societies.

It is pertinent to note at this juncture that, Zamfara people who are good muslims and shariah compliant, have respect for the rule of law anywhere they live, as well remain good ambassadors of our great state.

Again, our people, who are very much industrious, have been in various parts of Nigeria and beyond, without any reported cases of involvement in such immoral decadence. They are in Lagos, Rivers, Anambra, Imo, Oyo, Cross Rivers, just to mentio, but a few of Nigerian states, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with no complaints from neither the communities nor the governments of those states.

The Zamfara state government therefore
described the allegations as false and malicious, as well an apparent attempt to, not only tarnish the image of Zamfara government and its good people in the eyes of both national and international communities, but also turn sour, the existing cordial relationship between the people of the two states.

Accordingly, the Zamfara government also condemned the existence of the so called Zamfara Boys associated with criminal activities, as our people are never criminals.

The Ondo state govt would have verified the report before going to press. Zamfara state government therefore advises the Ondo state govt and it’s people to, in the spirit of unity and brotherhood continue to treat Zamfara people living in Ondo to conduct their legal businesses with due respect as other Nigerians. Our government and people also requested the Ondo state government to apologies for this very sad and unacceptable decision.

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