Zamfara Governor Matawalle says he won’t stop negotiating with bandits 2-5-21
Zamfara Governor Bello Matawalle says he is committed to employing every method necessary to maintain peace in the state.
As part of efforts to fight banditry in Zamfara, Matawalle’s administration has made it a policy to extend an olive branch to bandits who are willing to give up a life of crime.
The policy has been noted to have significantly reduced the frequency of bloody attacks in the state, but critics have slammed it as rewarding criminals.
Matawalle said at the Government House on Thursday, February 4, 2021 that the opinion of critics will not stop him from negotiating with bandits who want to surrender peacefully.
He said, “I’m being blackmailed from different quarters for having a dialogue with the armed bandits. Some said I’m with them, others said I harbour them.
“We have seen the positive impacts of this deal. Rural markets are now picking up.
“We have rescued dozens of kidnapped victims without firing a single shot.
“If we know that force can stop the attacks, we won’t bother to have a dialogue with the armed men.”
Bello’s comments came on the heels of a meeting with a delegation led by Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi.