Bello Matwalle, Zamfara State governor, has said the solution to banditry ravaging the northern part of the country, is in the state.
Matawalle stated this while receiving members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led by its chairman, Uche Secondus, who paid him a condolence visit over the killing of eight persons in the convoy of the Emir of Kaura Namoda last week.
The governor described Zamfara as the epicentre of banditry in the north.
He stressed that the reign of bandits in the region will end if governors of states affected by their activities form an alliance to destroy camps used by bandits in Zamfara.
“Zamfara is the epicentre of banditry in the North and if the issue of banditry is taken seriously in Zamfara State, I assure you the whole issue of banditry in Northern Nigeria will end,” he said.
“So, I’m calling on my colleagues and the security agencies to put more efforts in Zamfara State so that we can identify all the camps of the bandits and destroy them.
“If we don’t destroy them, we may not be able to end the issue of banditry in the North or Nigeria at large. No matter what the bandits tell you about dialogue or reconciliation, we must be able to mop up the weapons in their hands, without doing so, we are not doing anything.”