Hands-On Gov Matawalle Takes War To Bandits Camp, Visits Displaced Persons, Gives Succour

The Oasis Reporters

June 4, 2019

Gov. Bello Matawalle and his entourage in pursuit of bandits.

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State is already making a difference, showing what a fearless and committed leader of a people can do for on Sunday, he led security agencies in the state on an operation against bandits in their bush camps and hideouts near Wonaka town in Gusau Local Government area of the state.

To express exactly how depressive the state of Zamfara was in, security wise,
Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani who has the gift of the garb tweeted in dark humor, a mockery thus:

“If it’s only God that can secure our borders despite huge defense and security budgets, then it will be logical to appoint men of God as security and defense chiefs or reroute our defense and security budget to mosques and churches”.

Shehu Sani had aptly described the attitude of the stone cold former governor of the state who bungled everything including the state’s APC primary election in search of his personal fiefdom and aggrandizement, and lost everything. Things that he ought to have done were dribbled to celestial forces who were blamed for everything from insecurity to common diseases, while the state budget remained in his voluminous pockets.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, accompanied by his deputy, Mahadi Aliyu-Gusau, and heads of security agencies in the state were on their way to Lilo community in Mada district of Gusau Local Government Area.

Bandits had on Saturday attacked Lilo community which resulted in the killing of eight persons while 18 others were injured.

The bandits who had been terrorising the people were chased away at their camps during the governor’s unannounced visit to the area.

They abandoned their hideouts, crossed a nearby river and disappeared from the operatives who were on the governor’s motorcade.

The governor said, “As Chief security officer of the state, l have to show a good example, I have no option than to lead security agencies for this operation.”

“As a leader, I have to show commitment to my people toward addressing this problem.”

The news therefore that the governor’s entourage was attacked by bandits is incorrect.

The entourage also included the Emir of Gusau, Ibrahim Bello, Secretary to the State Government, Bello Bala, State Chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ibrahim Mallaha, and other top government officials in the state.

The District Head of Wonaka, Kogo Balarabe, thanked the governor for the visit.

Mr Balarabe said, “We are happy with this visit, for over eight years, we have no any concern from the authorities like this, we cannot express our feelings today.

“We are happy with the efforts of government, we thank security agencies intervention during yesterday’s attacks which helped in containing the situation,” he said.

The Chairman of Vigilante Group in the area, Sani Danmudi, appealed to government for more intervention to address the security challenges in the area, saying that many villages in the area had been sacked by the bandits.

Gov. Matawalle visits an IDP Camp, donates relief materials.

Governor Bello Matawalle has upped the ante on compassionate governance by donating relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by the activities of bandits, orphans and the needy in Zamfara State.
He visited IDPs camp before the end of the Muslim Ramadan, a period of fasting and prayers to provide relief materials for them, where he ordered that sum of 500,000 naira for clothes and shelters be given them, as well as buying 750 cows worth N83 million for the needy and those in IDP camps to enable them have a happy Sallah celebration.


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