Zamfara governor orders security chiefs to move closer to flashpoints

Zamfara gov Abdulaziz Yari

Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, has ordered security chiefs to lead field operations in the fight against bandits in the state.

Yari said this on Monday as part of agreements reached during the state security council meeting held at his private residence in Talata-Mafara.

The meeting, which began at the Government House, Gusau on Saturday was concluded on Sunday in Talata-Mafara.

Yari said: “We want to intensify the operations and we concluded that the security will now be closer to their men on the field.

“There will certainly be no room for the bandits. I want to assure Nigerians and the rest of the world that armed banditry and other criminal activities will soon come to an end in Zamfara.

“We will set up camps in all the affected areas so that coordination of the operation can be easier and on target.

“We are going to send the same message to all the other affected states of Kebbi, Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto and Niger, so that we jointly operate on the same frequency in dealing with the criminals.”

Yari said the ban on mining activities in the state by the Federal Government had helped to forestall the operations of bandits.

“We have realised that there is a partnership between the criminals and the miners, because some of the kidnap victims reported that they were kept near mining sites.

“The State Government has never benefited from any royalties or tax from these miners, so they have not contributed anything towards the development of the state,” Yari said.