Governor of Borno State, Bello Muhammad Matawalle has assured his people he would leave no stone unturned to ensure bandits are brought to book.
According to the governor, his administration has resolved to begin implementing the recommendations of the MD Abubakar-led Committee on Finding Solutions to Banditry in Zamfara State. He spoke during a special broadcast on the recent bandits’ attack in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.
In his words: “I stated while receiving the report on 11th October 2019 that in implementing the report, the interest of the people of the state, especially their safety, security and individual as well as collective progress and development, would be the guiding principles of my government”
“Let me reiterate my call during the special sermon and prayers yesterday that our people should complement the efforts of the security forces by defending their communities in the wake of any attacks. This strategy is part of the decisions taken by the northern states governors to combat the menace of banditry and related crimes in the region.”
The governor also revealed that some bandits have recruited some residents by offering them as little as N5000 or N10,000.
He said: “From day one, we were faced with an acute humanitarian crisis, particularly in northern and some parts of the central senatorial zones.
“There was the risk that insurgents could, after making IDPs socially and economically vulnerable, also explore that vulnerability by offering food and cash incentives to recruit fighters who could even serve as their spies in communities.
“From records, we had experienced instances when insurgents offered as low as between N5,000 and N10,000 to recruit some spies and smugglers of weapons.
“Borno State has thousands of volunteers who are being paid monthly allowances, provided with kits and vehicles to complement the military in the fight against Boko Haram.”