In his untiring effort to rid Zamfara state of criminal activities, especially armed banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and attack on innocent citizens, Governor Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun) has again secured the deployment of 780 various categories of police from the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu.
Director General Media, Public Enlightenment and Communications Government House Gusau, Yusuf Idris Gusau said this in a statement issued and sent via email to Blueprint in Abuja Sunday.
He said the development followed the governor’s visit to the IGP’s office Friday,
The governor also visited President Muhammadu Buhari last week to brief him on the resurgence of the bandits in some parts of the state and requested for the deployment of additional security personnel to curb the renewed attacks.
The new set of personnel who were expected to arrive the state as soon as possible will include Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorists Unit (CTU), Special Forces and various other squads that will join other existing security agents in the final march to clear remnants of unrepentant bandits from the state.
“This drive is also coming on the heels of the ongoing special army operations currently taking place in the state and being personally led by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai alongside other top ranking officers of the Nigerian Army.
This most recent police deployment does not however affect the deployment of two Mobile Police Squadrons posted to the state by the IGP about two months ago to frustrate the activities of the insurgents in Maradun and Shinkafi axis and general area of the state.
“The governor’s stick and carrot policy of eradicating banditry via dialogue is still in place for all bandits wishing to lay down their arms, embrace peace and reintegrate into the society to live peacefully and pursue legitimate business that could even attract State and government support,” the statement said.
Governor Matawalle also lauded the unflinching support his administration received from President Buhari in the ongoing fight against banditry in the state.