Banditry: Matawalle orders demolition of informants’, others’ houses
Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle has directed security agencies to demolish the houses of informants and those supplying arms to bandits in the state.
In a statement by Yusuf Idris, the Director-General on Media to the Governor, which was made available to reporters in Gusau yesterday, said the order was with immediate effect.
Matawalle issued the order when Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal paid him a sympathy visit over recent bandits’ attacks on some communities in Zamfara, which left many people dead and several others displaced.
Matawalle said serious punitive measures would henceforth be taken, including the demolition of any house where informants, weapons suppliers and others aiding banditry activities are arrested in the state.
He said the action became necessary in order to address the resurgence of banditry in some parts of the state.
According to him, many people who are living mostly in the cities are providing information to bandits in the bushes.
“The activities of the informants are creating a lot of problems in the ongoing fight against banditry in the state,” he noted and called for the active support of citizens in order to win the fight.
The governor also directed traditional rulers to be vigilant and monitor activities of landlords and tenants in their domains.
He said this would help security agents to track and arrest suspicious people before they wreak havoc on innocent citizens.
Governor Tambuwal said he was in Zamfara to commiserate with the government and people over the recent killing of innocent souls in some parts of the state.
He described the attack as devastating, tragic and a serious calamity.
The governor prayed for the repose of the souls of those who died in the attack.
He commended Matawalle for the manner in which he is handling the security challenges in the state, which had led to the decline in attacks and killing of residents.