From Hussaini Ibrahim, Gusau
Zamfara state government has just received a report from the Police on the arrest of seven security agents involved in aiding and abetting banditry activities across the state.
This was disclosed at a press briefing by the Hon Commissione ministry Information,Hon Ibrahim Muhammad Dosara a at Gusau.
According to him, The suspects who have already been interrogated and confessed to their respective crimes, have since the commencement of the military operations in the state in recent past been sabotaging the operations, by sharing military intelligence, supplying arms and ammunition, military uniforms and other facilities to the armed bandits to prevent our gallant soldiers from conquering the bandits. This is why it took the Nigerian military and other security agencies fighting the bandits that long to defeat them.
The suspects have already been handed over to their appropriate security authorities for further necessary actions. We feel obliged not to disclose their identities, as the security authorities concerned are acting on the matter.
Gentlemen of the press, you may wish to be informed that, one of the suspects was arrested in connection with fraternizing with suspected bandits and supplying them with ammunition.
In the course of arrest, the suspect was caught in possession of 20 rounds of 62mm of live ammunition at the point of handing over to the buyer, one Kabiru Bashiru of Maniya village, a suspected active bandit. Having received advanced payment of N100,000.00 earlier from the buyer”
“The second suspect from Sokoto was caught by detectives supplying military uniforms and kits to suspected bandits. Nine military bulletproof, four sets of military camouflage uniforms, five pairs of military hand globes, two first bank ATM cards, 1 Nigerian Army I.D card and one Samsung Android Handset were recovered in his possession.
In a similar effort, on 1st April, 2021, a team of Policemen attached to Serious Crime Unit (SCU), while acting on intelligence information intercepted two suspects from Zurmi and Shinkafi LGAs allegedly supplying bandits with ammunition and military camouflage from Lagos.
Hon Commissione Adding ,On 31st March, 2021, team of the policemen, on patrol along Wanke-Dansadau road arrested another suspect from Rukuja Area of Musawa LGA of Katsina State. In the course of interrogation, the suspect was discovered to be from one of the hideouts in the forest of Dansadau. While searching through his handset the suspect’s picture was discovered holding Ak—47 rifle, other sophisticated weapons belonging to him.
The fifth suspect from Kamarawa village via Isa Local Government area of Sokoto State who is a medical doctor was arrested by the operation Puff Adder policemen allegedly supplying military kits to suspected armed bandits within Shinkafi axis on the 4th April, 2021. Ten pairs of military jingle boots, five sets of shingers and military hand globes were recovered from the suspect.
” Another suspect was arrested on the 4th of April, 2021 by a team of policemen attached to Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU Base 18 Gusau) in possession of 2 locally made guns, 12 live cartridges, bunch of charms and cash amounting to N523,000.00.
Gentlemen of the press, you may recall that His Excellency the Executive Governor has recently said people would be shocked to know those aiding the dastardly act of armed banditry in the state and beyond. The revelation today of the security men involved in sabotaging military operations and actions against bandits in the state is a clear testimony to His Excellency’s statement.
Zamfara state government is appealing to the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces to redeem his pledge on the deployment of 6000 troops to the state to clear the recalcitrant bandits terrorizing various communities of our dear state.
The state government also wants to urge the Military authorities to embark up active supervision and monitoring of the military operations to ensure synergy and effectiveness of the war against terrorists.
Finally, I will love to once again use this opportunity to appreciate the commitments and patriotic efforts of those security agents working tireless to restore the lost peaceful atmosphere in Zamfara state. I must also commend the efforts of President and commander in chief of the Nigerian armed forces, Muhammad Buhari in his recent directive on waging a fresh war against bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers. No doubt, the culminated efforts by the president, the security, the repentant bandits, members of the press and all other stakeholders in finding lasting solution to the current security challenges across the state. With these efforts, people heave a sigh of relief. The Zamfara state government will continue to cooperate and work hand-in-hand with the security community to achieve the desired objective.
The Zamfara state government therefore advises people to always provide useful information to security agents working in the state, a prelude to restore back the lost glory of Zamfara as one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, I want to use this forum to passionately appeal to all those critics of the Zamfara state government under the leadership of His Excellency Governor Bello Mohammed Matawallen Maradun to come forward to give their contributions in the search for lasting peace in the state, rather than hiding behind the mask casting aspersions on the pages of newspapers or social media. Our doors are widely opened to all objective and meaningful suggestions or criticisms from all well-meaning Nigerians.