Matawalle reveals why bandits not ‘easily defeated’ in Nigeria

Zamfara state Governor, Bello Matawalle, has stated that informants are the powerhouse of bandits across the country.

The governor said this on Monday while receiving five daughters of a former Accountant-General of Zamfara, abducted and held for seven months.

They were presented to Matawalle by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 10, Mr Bello Sani-Deljan, accompanied by the Commissioner of Police in Zamfara, Mr Kolo Yusuf.

Recall that bandits took the five girls from their home in Furfuri in Bungudu Local Government Area in March.

The bandits released a video to social media in October showing the girls carrying sophisticated firearms and threatened to recruit them into banditry if the ransom they demanded was not paid.

He noted that intelligence reports showed that the girls were abducted successfully with support from informants who were either family members or close associates.

The Governor appealed to citizens of the state to “courageously fight informants by reporting suspects to the authorities without fear.

“Without informants, bandits will be strongly incapacitated and will easily be defeated,’’ Matawalle said.

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