SWITZERLAND, JUNE 07 – President Muhammadu Buhari has held an emergency meeting with the new governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle on Friday over the lingering insecurity in his state.
Zamfara and other North-Eastern States have been in the grip of bandits who have been attacking villages, killing residents and stealing cows. Last Saturday, bandits attacked Lilo community in the state, killing eight persons while 18 others were injured.
In April 2019, the Nigerian Police launched a new offensive against armed bandits in the state, with the title ‘Operation Puff-Adder’.
According to the presidency, the aims of Operation Puff-Adder include reclaiming every public space under the control of the bandits, and arresting and bringing to book all perpetrators of violence in the affected areas, and their collaborators.
The Federal Government has also suspended mining activities in Zamfara state with immediate effect, citing a link between the ongoing violence in the state and illegal mining.
Mattawale, who is from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), has expressed his commitment to stemming the tide of violence in the state. Last week Sunday, he led security agencies in the state on an operation against bandits in their bush camps and hideouts near Wonaka town in Gusau Local Government area of the state.
The governor was accompanied by his deputy, Mahadi Aliyu-Gusau, heads of security agencies in the state on his way to Lilo community in Mada district of Gusau local government area.