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Sabotage is prolonging insecurity- Matawalle

Governor Bello Matawalle says the collaboration of some citizens with bandits has elongated the security challenge in the state.

He disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja after he briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the security situation in the Zamfara State.

The Governor who said that such individuals will soon be exposed and prosecuted noted that investigation had begun to ascertain the involvement of persons listed as collaborators of the criminals and their degrees of collaboration.

Alhaji Matawalle gave the assurance that none of the people factually found to be collaborating with the criminals would be spared, irrespective of their status in society.

He refuted the outrageous figures of those killed by bandits, which are being published in the social and conventional media, and accused profiteers of the crime for the exaggeration.

The Governor, who noted that the initial peace agreement he signed with the bandits worked for 9 months, said the agreement got grounded by some people, who instigated the bandits to renege on their commitments of the agreement to gain cheap political clout.

He however said the new strategy to be adopted, which he has informed President Buhari about, would soon usher in peace and stability in the region.

Governor Matawalle also thanked the Republic of Niger for assisting Nigeria in her fight against terrorism and banditry.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; editing by Muzha Kucha