Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara State, has said his administration will deal decisively with bandits and their sponsors in the state.
Matawalle said this in a statewide broadcast he made in Gusau on Saturday, following renewed attacks by bandits in the state.
Bandits in their hundreds on motorcycles had on Thursday attacked Kadawa village in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state, killing about 15 people.
The governor reaffirmed his commitment to deal ruthlessly with all those behind the killings in the state.
“In recent weeks, the act of banditry has reverted to the ugly dimensions it had, prior to the coming of my administration,” he said.
“The marauders kill without regard for any rules of sanity.
“Women, the elderly, and children are not spared.
“As a result, a large number of people have been displaced in nearly every town in the state.
“You are witnesses to what we have accomplished from the beginning of our administration, particularly the peace and reconciliation efforts that we initiated and achieved.
“As a result, we have been able to shift our violent narratives to one of optimism and peaceful coexistence.
“Unfortunately, things suddenly took a dramatic turn and things are getting worse by the day.
“It is clear that some invincible hands are plotting evil against our people with the goal of making our state as terrifying as it were in the years gone by.
“My constant prayer is for Allah to reveal those who are perpetrating these cruel atrocities against our people.
“I assure you that we will remain steadfast in our efforts to eradicate banditry and all types of criminality from the state.”
While urging citizens to remain vigilant and cooperate with security agents, the governor also urged community members to rise up and repel any attack in their respective communities.