GUSAU — Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State says the state government is no longer interested in dialoguing with bandits as they have rejected the olive branch earlier extended to them.
Matawalle who held the government position in Gusau, said security forces would flush them out instead of dialogue.
“The barrage of attacks on bandits by security forces had made them make a fresh overture to the government, seeking dialogue.”
“My administration will no longer grant amnesty to bandits as they have failed to embrace the peace initiative earlier extended to them.’’
“Some of the bandits were running out of Zamfara to other states as a result of the new security measures introduced by the state government,” the governor said.
He urged residents to be patient and support new security measures put in place to flush out bandits and their collaborators to restore peace in the state.
Matawalle said their emissaries informed him that they had repented and would want to dialogue with the government.
He warned politicians against giving any form of support to bandits, advising them to “fear God and stop buying motorcycles to distribute to people who in turn sell to bandits to perpetuate their evil acts.’’
The Governor also warned that the government would prosecute any politician caught in the act.
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