Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Mohammed Bello Matawalle
By Lola Seriki Idahosa, Kaduna
 Trace Reporters –Zamfara state Governor Bello Matawalle Maradun has disclosed the available records that over two thousand six hundred and nineteen (2,619) people were killed between 2011 and 2019 by bandits and over nine hundred and seventy million naira (970,000,000) paid as ransom.
He said one thousand one hundred and ninety (1,190) people kidnapped and fourteen thousand three hundred and seventy eight (14,378) animals were rustle, one hundred thousand people displaced.
The Governor spoke through his Commissioner of Information Hon Ibrahim Magaji Dosara on the state’s peace process with bandits and some remarkable achievements of the Matawalle Government, held in kaduna on Friday.
According to him, “From available records, over Two Thousands Six Hundred and Nineteen (2,619) people were killed between 2011 and 2019. This is in addition to the One Thousand One hundred and Ninety people kidnapped by the bandits. The records also show that the sum of Nine Hundred and Seventy Thousands (970,000,000) Million Naira was paid as ransom. While Fourteen Thousand Three Hundred and Seventy Eight animals were rustled within the period. Over One Hundred Thousands (100,000) people were displaced from their ancestral homes.
“However, with the coming of Governor Bello Matawalle Maradun, drastic measures were put in place to control the situation. The peace and reconciliation process undertaken by the government has yielded positive result.
”It pleases me to address you at this very day, this hour and this time. It’s a pleasure to inform you that the Government of His Excellency Hon. Bello Mohammed, MON Matawallen Maradun clocks 2-years in office as the Executive Governor of Zamfara State, come 29th May, 2021.
“Distinguished gentlemen of the press, I am pleased to inform you that since the day His Excellency took over the mantle of leadership of Zamfara state, Governor Matawalle has been up and doing to move Zamfara and its people forward.
“The greatest challenge being faced by the administration of Governor Bello Matawalle was the lingering security problems inherited from the immediate past government of His predecessors Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar.
“Before the coming of the present administration of His Excellency Dr Bello Mohammed Matawallen Maradun on May 29th 2019 as the Executive Governor of Zamfara state, Zamfara people were in devastating state of dilemma and fear of the unknown due to rural banditry. Rampant killings, maiming, kidnapping, raping, vandalism and attacks became the order of the day.
“From available records, over Two Thousands Six Hundred and Nineteen (2,619) people were killed between 2011 and 2019. This is in addition to the One Thousand One hundred and Ninety people kidnapped by the bandits. The records also show that the sum of Nine Hundred and Seventy Thousands (970,000,000) Million Naira was paid as ransom. While Fourteen Thousand Three Hundred and Seventy Eight animals were rustled within the period. Over One Hundred Thousands (100,000) people were displaced from their ancestral homes.
Consequently, there was the daily loss of lives, kidnappings of people, the rustling of livestock in their thousands and other forms of criminality.
“Between 2011 when the crisis began, to 2019 before the emergence of the present government under the leadership of Governor Bello Mohammed Matawallen Maradun, Two Thousand Six Hundred and Nineteen (2,619) people were killed, One Thousand One Hundred and Ninety (1,190) others kidnapped, with over Nine hundred Million Naira (N900,000,000) paid as ransom, Fourteen Thousand Three Hundred and Seventy-Eight (14, 378) animals rustled. While over one hundred thousand (100,000) people were displaced from their ancestral homes. This is in addition to the hundreds of houses that were burned to ashes with foodstuffs and other valuables worth billions of Naira destroyed by the bandits.
“People were traumatized. Farmers were prevented from going to their farms to cultivate the usual food and cash crops for their daily needs. There was general food insecurity in the state in particular and the region in general.
“The economy of the state was devastated by the crisis. This is in addition to the proliferation of both light and heavy weapons, with a high influx of bandits from the neighbouring countries, with no solution in sight. The crisis defied all forms of solution.
“However, with the coming of Governor Bello Matawalle Maradun, drastic measures were put in place to control the situation. The peace and reconciliation process undertaken by the government has yielded positive result.
“Coupled with the shortage of manpower in the security sector and a very poor intelligence network. Yet, the governor must ensure the protection of the lives and property of the people.
“Now tell me, which is the best option for the governor? To fold his arms to watch his people being killed or to go for dialogue and continue to use the repentant bandits to convince the recalcitrant bandits to save the lives of the governed?
The governor said it is against this background that when the government of Bello Mohammed Matawallen Maradun came on board, it decided to summon special stakeholders meeting comprising members of the state Assembly, Traditional Rulers, Security Chiefs in the state, Local Council Chairmen, the Council of Ulamas, Fulani and Yansakai leaders, Community and Opinion Leaders, and other critical stakeholders to discuss on the way forward to bring lasting peace in the state.
“The meeting resolved at adopting the ongoing peace process, leading to the setting up of a special committee under the chairmanship of the state Commissioner of Police.
He said as a result of the dialogue and peace process, over Sixty Two bandits accepted and embraced the peace initiative. This is in addition to the release of over Two Thousand (2000) kidnapped victims aided and abetted by the repentant bandits.
According to him, “the repentant bandits are also helping in campaigning and convincing those bandits yet to accept the dialogue and reconciliation process to do so. They are also helping in the identification of the leaders of the recalcitrant bandits, including their camps and location for dialogue and reconciliation.
“Since the commencement of the dialogue and peace process with the bandits, Zamfara state was free of any attack and kidnapping for almost eight (8) months, until recently when kidnapping and light attacks resurfaced.
He said the recent upsurge in occasional attacks and kidnappings are being masterminded by the activities of some conflict entrepreneurs and informants who connived with the recalcitrant bandits to commit heinous acts against our innocent people.
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