The Zamfara State Government has stated that it has incepted vehicles conveying food, drinks, and fuel to various bandit camps in the state.
The government said it had also arrested no fewer than 100 violators of Gov. Bello Matawalle’s Executive Order to restore law and order in the state.
Secretary of the Zamfara state Special Taskforce on Security, Abdulrasheed Haruna, made the disclosure in Gusau on Wednesday, September 8.
Matawalle had established the Special Taskforce to enforce measures to address the lingering security challenges of mass kidnapping for ransom and cattle rustling by gunmen facing the state.
The Zamfara Governor had on Aug. 26, signed the executive orders; in line with the relevant sections of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
In signing the executive order the governor said he acted in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 5(2),176(2), and 315(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
He also said it was in the exercise of all other powers; enabling him on that behalf in an effort to protect the lives and property of the people of the state of Zamfara; and at the same time contain the security challenges.
Haruna said that the suspected collaborators were handed over to security agencies for further investigation; while those with light offences were being tried by a mobile court established by the task force.
According to him, the closure of weekly markets and filling stations by the government had curtailed supplies of food and other essential services to the bandits.
“We believe that these have forced the bandits to relocate enmass from the state,” he said.
Haruna further said the task force had set up 11 subcommittees; to monitor and ensure total compliance to all elements as contained in the executive order.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara, has announced additional measures; taken by the Zamfara state government to tighten the leakages giving a lifeline to the bandits.
Dosara said the additional measures were taken based on intelligence obtained by the state government and security agencies.