Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has ruled out dialogue with bandits operating in the state. He said the criminals had spurned the olive branch once extended to them.
To this end, the governor has ordered the security forces should flush the bandits out of Zamfara.
“My administration will no longer grant amnesty to bandits as they have failed to embrace the peace initiative earlier extended to them,’’ Matawalle said while addressing a congregation in Gusau on Saturday
He admonished the citizens to be patient and to give their support to the new security measures his administration puts in place to chase out bandits and their collaborators to restore peace in the state.
The governor assured the people the bombardment on the bandits by security forces had made them to make a fresh overture to government seeking dialogue.
According to the governor, the bandits’ emissaries told him that they had repented and would want to dialogue with government.
He noted that some of the bandits were running out of Zamfara to other states as a result of the new security measures introduced by the state government.
Matawalle warned politicians against giving any form of support to bandits, stressing that: “politicians should fear God and stop buying motorcycles to distribute to people who, in turn, sell to bandits to perpetuate their evil acts.’’
The governor said also that Zamfara government would prosecute any politician caught in the act.