Bello Matawalle, Zamfara State governor, has warned armed bandits in the state to repent or change location, as he draws a new roadmap in the approach to handling insecurity.
According to Tribuneonline, the governor issued the warning on Saturday when the chairman of the All Progressives Congress Governors’ Forum and Kebbi State governor, Atiku Bagudu, paid a sympathy and condolence visit to the state.
Armed bandits recently killed more than 80 persons in attacks on four communities in Zamfara.
In a statement issued by the Director-General Media and Communication, Yusuf Idris Gusau, the governor was quoted as saying that the recent suspension of a district head in Shinkafi Emirate for conniving with bandits was just the tip of the iceberg.
Matawalle also said he has discussed extensively with President Muhammadu Buhari and the nation’s service chiefs on the new approach, which is to deal decisively with deceptive and unrepentant bandits.
He thanked security agencies for their support and cooperation in the fight against armed banditry, and also thanked members of the public for sharing vital information to address suspicious movements.
He further thanked the two visiting governors; Bagudu and governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa for the visit and their concern.
Earlier while delivering his condolence message, Bagudu said they were in the state to extend their heartfelt condolence to the government and good people of the state over the recent bandits’ attacks that resulted in the loss of innocent souls.
The Kebbi governor said they were together with governor Matawalle in Abuja holding a meeting on security, when their host received the news of the attacks and was forced to return to the state.
“As a result, we followed him to Gusau and consoled him as a good brother with who we shared the same pains,” he stated.