Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has vowed to go hard on bandits terrorising some parts of the state, saying they have rejected the peace moves extended to them.
He stated this while addressing a congregation in Gusau, the state capital, on Saturday.
“My administration will no longer grant amnesty to bandits as they have failed to embrace the peace initiative earlier extended to them,’’ the governor said.
Matawalle called on all residents to be patient and to support new security measures put in place to flush out bandits and other criminal elements across the state.
He disclosed that the “bloodthirsty bandits’ emissaries” informed him that they had repented and were ready to dialogue with the government.
According to the governor, the current barrage of attacks on bandits by security forces have made them make a fresh overture to the government seeking dialogue. But Matawalle said the time for amnesty had passed.
Matawalle also warned politicians in the state 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 perpetrate their evil acts.’’
Zamfara State government had cut off food, petroleum products supply and other essential commodities from the reach of the bandits in their various camps as security operatives sustain an offensive against the assailants.