Zamfara governor Bello Matawalle says he will take “drastic actions” against politicians who are sabotaging his effort at securing the state.
The governor recently came under fire after military sources alleged that “repentant” bandits are using the patrol vehicles and money he used to appease them to carry out more attacks in the state.
But speaking at a meeting with religious leaders, traditional rulers and representatives of security agencies at the government house in Gusau on Thursday, Matawalle shifted the blame elsewhere.
He said there are usually attacks anytime he is not in the state.
The governor said he summoned Garba Tambari, Emir of Maradun, to explain how two herdsmen were killed in his domain.
“As I am speaking to you right now, I received text messages that, 13 people were killed in Bingi and 11 others were kidnapped in Nahuche, all in the Bungudu local government area,” he said.
“I also received another message just now that, some people are staging a demonstration between Anka and Jangebe. Another report reaching me right now indicated that the Yansakai have slaughtered two Fulani herdsmen in Maradun local government.
“I wonder what is happening, but I am not surprised because I know that there are some politicians who are always happy to hear that some people are killed in Zamfara.
“Let me send a strong warning to them, that as from today, I will take a very drastic action against those politicians who are sabotaging our security efforts.”
The governor lamented that “many people” are bent on making Zamfara unsafe for residents.