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Why we ignored fresh dialogue with bandits – Matawale

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle
Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle

Governor Bello Matawale of Zamfara State on Thursday said his administration ignored fresh dialogue with bandits terrorizing his people because of deception and failure to honour agreements.

The governor disclosed this while fielding questions from State House reporters after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said relative peace had returned to the state with a steadfastness in the fight against banditry.

The governor said people had started seeing results of the stringent measures put in place to restore security, adding that though the measures were tough, the people had not minded because they are now feeling secure.

Governor Matawale had recently proposed dialogue as a strategy for ending the intractable and violent activities of bandits and kidnappers in the state.

However, when asked if the dialogue approach was no longer an option, Governor Matawale said, “They have deceived us.

“Some of them did not follow what we agreed with them.

“We thought it was something we could continue with them, but we later realized that they had deceived us.

“So, we had to back out of it and decide to fight them to a logical conclusion.

“As you know, we are there fighting and we have taken a lot of measures in order to curtail this problem of insurgency and we thank God it’s yielding a lot of results.

“We’ve recorded a lot of successes from what we have done.

“As you are aware, we have a lot of security personnel that were deployed to Zamfara State and they are working seriously,” he said.