Zamfara has come under heavy armed attacks from bandits in recent times.
Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, on Wednesday, January 12, 2021, appealed to the Federal Government to review the strategy adopted in fighting insurgency and banditry in the state and other parts of Nigeria.
He made the appeal in the State capital Gusau while receiving delegates from theFederal Government that visited the state to commiserate with the state government over the recent attacks by bandits on some communities.
While addressing the delegates, he noted: “We need a more workable plan of action tailored explicitly in tune with the realities on the ground. This is a clarion call for us to step up efforts in this fight before the dreadful monster consumes our region and the country as a whole.”
While highlighting some of the communities that have been the focal point for attacks, he also called for stiffer measures and the use of heavy ammunition, such as the Super Tucano aircraft.
In his words: “The Super Tucano warplanes obtained by the Federal Government would be super handy in the implementation of the new combat strategy along the Zamfara-Katsina axis, with Zamfara as the command centre.”
The governor said tackling insecurity is a major concern for his administration, noting that his government has adopted different strategies aimed at ending insecurity in the state.
“Within the first few months of our administration, we procured 200 brand new Hilux pickups and distributed them to all the security agencies in the state for operational purposes. In addition to payment of allowances to security personnel, provision of Silent Falcon Drones, repairs of vehicles and fighting equipment, provision of office and housing accommodation, and a host of other supports to our security forces,”the governor stated.
The delegates from the Federal Government was led by retired Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi, the Minister for Defence, Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Minister for Police Affairs, Inspector General of Police, Director General for the National Intelligence Agency, and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu.