Zamfara Was World Colony of Banditry Before My Coming, Say Gov Matawalle
Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has declared that his state was worse hit by banditry during the tenure of his predecessor, Abdul’aziz Yari, saying he finds it insulting for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to accuse him of sponsoring bandits.
“We all are living witnesses to the fact that during APC’s tenure, Zamfara State was adjudged as a colony of banditry in the whole world”, he tweeted on Sunday.
Matawalle, who won the governorship of the state on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019, admitted that insecurity has not totally been eliminated in Zamfara, but terror attacks have drastically reduced since he came into office.
Matawalle tweeted: “I find it insulting that the APC is accusing me of sponsoring bandits in my own state. We all are living witnesses to the fact that during APC’s tenure, Zamfara State was adjudged as a colony of banditry in the whole world.
“We are not claiming that insecurity has totally been eliminated in Zamfara but it is on record that terror attacks have reduced drastically in the state in less than two years than APC’s unfortunate eight years when people were running away from the state.
“This is a malicious calumny by the ruling party, releasing a statement as sensitive as that, knowing fully how miserable they governed the state for the past years. Their statement is not only laughable but shows the type of leadership they have.”
He was referring to APC’s statement last Thursday which followed the abduction of over 300 schoolboys from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, by bandits who attacked the school on December 11, 2020, in which its acting deputy publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena challenged “security agencies to investigate an intelligence report linking a North-west governor to the heightened cases of banditry, abductions and other violent crimes in the zone.”
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