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The Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle, on Monday said that banditry in his state will not end soon because of the caliber of individuals behind it.

Recall that the Federal Government recently christened bandits as terrorists after a federal high court designated it as so.

Speaking to State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, Governor Matawalle, said there will be a marked improvement in the security situation in the state by this week despite the effort of those fueling terrorism.

According to him, President Buhari’s determination to strengthen security activities in the state will bring changes in the situation from tomorrow (Wednesday).

He debunked reports that over 200 persons were killed in the recent attacks in Bukuyyum and Anka areas of the state, saying that the victims were 58.

The Governor said that banditry should have become a thing of the past in the state if not the activities of some individuals he described as political bandits who were fueling criminality in Zamfara.

He said that he visited the scenes of the recent attacks in the state even as he accused the “political bandits” as being behind the bandying of unverified figures.

Asked what can be done to bring a permanent solution to the insecurity in Zamfara, he stated: “Well, you know when I assume duty as a governor I used so many options to bring this insecurity to a minimal level. First of all, I initiated dialogue and reconciliation between the herders and farmers and during that dialogue, we spent more than nine months without any crisis in Zamfara State. It worked.

“But unfortunately, people use politics, because they have collaborators, of course. So, they went back to those bandits, telling them that the government is not serious about this dialogue, that we did not give them anything.

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