Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, yesterday issued a two month ultimatum to bandits to lay down their arms and embrace peace initiated by his administration.
The governor, gave the ultimatum after he received Service Chiefs at Government House Gusau, warning that bandits who refused to embrace peace and withdraw from banditry will face the full weight of the military and other security agencies.
According to Matawalle, those bandits who choose the path of peace had demonstrated the love for the wellbeing of the state, adding that others who had refused to lay down their arms would surely be dealt with according to military action.
In a related development, the Chairman Council of Chiefs in the state, Alhaji Attahiru Anka, criticized the federal government’s no-flights-zone placed on Zamfara air space by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking to the Service Chiefs led by the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Lucky Irabor, at the government house when they paid a courtesy call on Governor Matawalle, the monarch said flights across the space of the state have nothing to do with mining activities or insecurity in the state.
He said there were instances when bandits organized and launched attacks on miners at the sites and took hundreds of them as hostages, arguing that if the miners and bandits were comrades in crimes such attacks on the miners would not have occurred.
“The flights across the space of the state have nothing to do with mining activities in the state and have no connection with the issue of insecurity in the state. We believe that bandits’ activities persist simply because there are inadequate security personals to combat the menace.”
He appealed to the federal government to deploy more troops with modern war equipments for better results.