Banditry: Zamfara governor tasks traditional rulers on intelligence gathering

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By Sani Muhammad Sani, Gusau

Zamfara governor, Bello Mohammed has charged traditional rulers to play greater roles in intelligence gathering and sharing, that could check banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other criminal activities in Northern Nigeria.

The Governor, who received personalities from Shinkafi, Zurmi, Kaura Namoda, Birnin Magaji and Tsafe Emirate Councils on Sallah homage at his residence in Gusau, said such role would end the security challenges in the region.

The governor described sharing of genuine intelligence as the major bedrock of ending the security challenges.

“Traditional rulers stand at a better position to provide accurate and reliable intelligence because they interact with the locals directly and must have the full knowledge of their people’s characters and their daily businesses,” the governor said.

He reiterated his administration’s determination to protect the  lives and properties of all citizens at all levels in the state.

Muhammad commended them for the support and cooperation to his government, especially in the area of peace process initiated by his administration.

He stressed that the initiative had yielded positive results that led to opening up of roads and market places that were closed by activities of bandits.

The Governor also commended the security agencies in the state for being proactive in securing the state.

Earlier in their separate messages, Emirs of Shinkafi, Alhaji Muhammad Makwashe Isah; Emir of Zurmi, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Muhammad; Emir of of Kaura Namoda, Alhaji Sanusi Mohammed Asha; Emir of Birnin Magaji, Alhaji Hussaini Mode and that of Tsafe, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Bawa, expressed their happiness in the way and manner the governor handled security situation in the state.

The emirs called on the Governor to sustain the carrot and stick approach in the fight against all forms of criminality in the state.

Present at event was Sokoto Governor,  Aminu Tambuwal who stopped over in the state while on transit.

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