By Sani Muhammad Sani, Gusau
Zamfara State Bello Mohammed Matawallen has charged royal fathers in the state to provide intelligence that can extirpate banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other criminal activities bedeviling the entire northern region of the country.
The Governor gave the charge while receiving eminent personalities from Shinkafi, Zurmi, Kaura Namoda, Birnin Magaji and Tsafe Emirates Councils on a sallah homage at his Gusau residence.
Governor Matawalle said royal fathers have a great role to play in gathering and sharing of intelligence with Security agencies that will lead to ending security challenges that engulf the northern region.
He directed them to share intelligence with security agencies so that immediate, appropriate measures can be taken accordingly.
The governor described sharing of genuine intelligence as the major bedrock of ending security challenges facing the region and the country at large.
“He said royal fathers 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 reiterated his administration’s determination to protect the lives and properties of all citizens at all levels in the state.
Matawalle appreciated the support and cooperation enjoyed by his government from the royal fathers especially in the area of peace process initiated by his administration, stressing that the initiative yielded positive results leading to opening of all the roads and market places that were not accessible or patronised before the coming of his administration.
The Governor also commended the security agencies in the State for their pro-activeness and making the State more secure than before.
Earlier in their separate sallah homage messages to the Governor, Emirs of Shinkafi, Alhaji Muhammad Makwashe Isah, Zurmi, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Muhammad, Kaura Namoda, Alhaji Sanusi Mohammed Ahmad Asha, Birnin Magaji, Alhaji Hussaini Mode and that of Tsafe, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Bawa expressed their happiness with the way and manner the Governor handled security situation of the state and assured him of their continued support and cooperation to all his administration’s policies and programmes.
The emirs lauded the Governor’s efforts toward restoring the state’s lost glory of peace and stability through his constant calls for unity, loyalty and discipline among people of the state.They noted that the efforts were responsible for the attainment of peace in all the nooks and crannies of 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.
The sallah homage was witnessed by Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who stopped over in the state while on transit.