Gov. Matawalle Explains Why He Negotiates With Bandits

Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has given a reason why his administration is negotiating with bandits, declaring that the option remains the only solution to the insecurity in the North-West region.

The governor explained that at least there are almost 30,000 bandits in 100 camps in the state and five other neighbouring states.

The neighbouring states are Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kaduna, Niger and Katsina, according to the governor.

He said between 2011 and 2019, bandits had wasted 2,619 people, kidnapped 1,190 others and collected over N970 million ransom from victims’ families during the periods under review.

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