From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
Zamfara State Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has announced the conclusion of arrangements to return communities sacked by bandits in Dutsin Gari, Asha Lafiya, Tilli, Mahuta, Rayau and Janbako villages under Kanoma district of Maru and Maradun local government areas effective from today (Monday).
Governor Matawalle made the disclosure Saturday when he paid a sympathy visit to the large number of displaced people who were taking refuge in Kanoma Primary School fear for further attacks by bandits.
He further announced the State Government plans to return all the victims back to their respective villages as it will continue to take care of their needs before they are evacuated back under heavy company of security operatives.
“You will be taken back to your respective homes as planned by the State Government, and the exercise would be observed under the escort of joint security operatives with a view to ensure law and order is maintained.
“The Zamfara State in collaboration with the Federal Governments, have finally resolved to use all means powers to continue to provide conducive environments for legitimate living across towns and villages in the state.
“It is our duty to protect your lives and property and to stand firm to provide you with grounds to run your legitimate businesses and all other expected social activities, for this reason therefore, we have decided to station some units of security operatives across most dangerous local government areas of the state”, Matawalle has added.
According to him, all security measures including Operation Comb the Sacked Villages (OCSV) carried by the combined teams of security operatives were ongoing as well as steps for establishing security formations for continued watch on movements of recalcitrant bandits.
Matawalle further warned all people in the state to avoid taking laws into hands as it was learnt was the major cause of further attacks, adding that, “I am using this opportunity to appeal to you, to avoid taking laws into your hands as that is always resulting into reprisal attack”.
“For the sake achieving lasting peace for both of us in the state, we must remain peaceful and forget the past, report any violation of law to the most nearest security establishments whose primary duties were to ensure conducive environments for hitch-free businesses”, Matawalle further warned.