Disappointed by the failure of his administration to get bandits to repent, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has ruled out further dialogue with bandits, saying they spurned the olive branch he once extended to them.
The governor, who said this in Gusau, the state capital, said instead, security forces would flush them out of the state.
“My administration will no longer grant amnesty to bandits as they have failed to embrace the peace initiative earlier extended to them,’’ the governor said, while addressing a congregation.
The governor also appealed to residents of the state to be patient and to support new security measures put in place to flush out bandits and their collaborators to restore peace in the state.
Matawalle disclosed that the barrage of attacks on bandits by security forces had made them to make a fresh overture to government seeking dialogue, adding that the bandits’ emissaries informed him that they had repented and would want to dialogue with government.
He noted that some of the bandits were running out of Zamfara to other states as a result of the new security measures introduced by the state government.
Matawalle however warned politicians against giving any form of support to bandits, stressing that “politicians should fear God and stop buying motorcycles to distribute to people who, in turn, sell to bandits to perpetuate their evil acts.’’
He warned that the state government would prosecute any politician caught in the act.