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Banditry: Gov Matawalle suspends District Head

Zamfara State Governor  Bello Mohammed Matawalle has suspended the District Head of Badarawa in Shinkafi Emirate Council, Sarkin Kudun Badarawa, Alhaji Surajo Namakkah Ibrahim for conferring the traditional title of ‘Durumbu’ on a Military officer who was arrested for selling live ammunition to bandits in Shinkafi local government area of the state. 

The Governor said he was sad to receive a report that the affected military officer attached to Shinkafi general area was arrested selling live ammunition to bandits operating in the area  and was even bestowed with a title by the District Head. 

He reiterated that his administration will not tolerate anything capable of destroying the hard earned peace and reputation of  the state and will ensure that anybody found wanting in anyway will be dealt with accordingly. 

Matawalle said the suspension of the District Head is indefinite because the traditional title was  for no reason of significant contribution to the development of the area. 

He also warned that henceforth, all traditional rulers must seek for approval before conffering a traditional title on people who have contributed to the development of their respective Districts orTO Emirates.

Matawalle said the  action became pertinent in order to avoid unnecessary embarrassment to the state government and its traditional institutions. 

The military officer was recently arrested in possession of 20 rounds of 62mm of live ammunition at the point of handing over to his usual buyer, one Kabiru Bashiru of Maniya Village of Shinkafi Emirate after he had collected an advanced payment of N100,000 from the recalcitrant bandits in the area.

The Governor also commended the security agencies in the state for making another significant arrest of one Dr. Kamarawa with four full sets of military camouflage uniforms and one army identificatity card.

Kamarawa specialises in the supply of army uniforms and other medicaments to bandits when luck ran out on him on his way from Sokoto to deliver the items to his bandit customers in the state. 

Governor Matawalle who was furious with the criminal said as a leader, he cannot sit and fold his arms while his people are being killed witg the connivance of those saddled with the responsibility of protecting them.

He noted that the involvement of security agents in criminality through the seles of ammunition will certainly compromise and expose the sharing of credible intelligence to the bandits. 

The Shattiman Sakkwato further wondered how the nation can defeat criminalities with such bad eggs with security achitecture lamenting that even his peace and dialogue initiative is threatened by the actions of such uniformed men.

He assured that all those arrested in connection with banditry will face the full wrath of the law. 

The governor also appreciated the support he is getting from heads of Security agencies in the state in his fight against banditry and appealed to the people of the state to continue to cooperate with the security in through the provision of  genuine and accurate intelligence for quick action. 

SHEHU SANI

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