Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle of Zamfara State has assured trailing and arrest of bandits behind Tuesday’s and Thursday’s merciless killings of 58 innocent people across seven villages under Bukkuyum and Anka local government areas of the state.
Matawalle who gave the assurance today (Sunday) during sympathy and condolence visits to the Bukkuyum and Anka emirates, said the State Government and Security Agencies had already mapped out formidable plans to ensure the killers are detected and brought to book.
“With the recent federal government declaration of bandits as terrorists and the provisions to further strengthening our security operatives, the prevailing tie with the repented bandits as well, no banditry could gain space for breath anymore in the state.
“We are hoping to secure continuous unconditional release of kidnapped victims through ongoing onslaughts by the Security Operatives on identified bandits’ camps as well as blocking all possible exits for the fleeing criminals”, Matawalle has stressed.
He earlier visited the affected villages in company of the State Commissioner of Police and the General Officer Commanding of the Nigerian Army in the state to comisserate and assess damages done to the victims of recent banditry attacks in the areas.
Governor Matawalle also visited the two Monarchs of Anka, Alhaji Attahiru Ahmed Anka and of Bukkuyum, Alhaji Mohammed Usman in their separate palaces, urging them to continue giving due support as usual with a view to combat all criminal activities bedeviled the state to end.
In their separate remarks, the emirs pledged unreserved support and continuous directives on their subjects for the timely report of any questionable movement and character to their village heads who will subsequently communicate to the nearest security establishment for prompt action.
The Emirs who gave the Governor authentic list of villages attacked as Kurfa Dunya in Bukkuyum where 36 were killed and villages under Waramu district in Anka where 22 were also killed making 58, as well as presenting the list of victims that lost their lives, wondering the sources of reports by some media organizations which featued 68, 200 and up to 500 were killed.