The Zamfara State Government says it has incepted vehicles conveying food, drinks and fuel to various bandit camps in the state.
The government also added it had also arrested no fewer than 100 violators of the Zamfara governor’s Executive Order aimed at restoring law and order in the state. Secretary of the state Special Taskforce on Security, Mr Abdulrasheed Haruna, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau on Wednesday.
It can be recalled that Matawalle had on August 26th, signed the executive orders in which he suspended the weekly markets activities within the state, banned the sale of fuel in jerrycan, shutdown schools, and imposed a curfew on the entire state amongst another measures aimed at boilstering the security situation of the state.
He also established a special taskforce to ensure full compliance with this order while mobile courts are established to deal with violators.
Haruna added that the suspected collaborators were handed over to security agencies for further investigation while those with light offences were being tried by a mobile court established by the taskforce.
According to him, the closure of weekly markets and filling stations by the government had curtailed supplies of food and other essential services to the bandits.
He said, “We believe that these have forced the bandits to relocate enmass from the state,”
Haruna further said the taskforce had set up 11 subcommittees to monitor and ensure total compliance to all elements as contained in the executive order.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara, has announced additional measures taken by the state government to tighten the leakages giving lifeline to the bandits.
Dosara said the additional measures were taken based on intelligence obtained by the Zamfara government and security agencies.
“The state government has closed down, Yargaya Market of Tudunwada area in Gusau, Kaura Namoda-Jibiya Junction, Lambar Bakura Junction, Colony-Rini Junction and Mayar-Anka Junction,” he said.
The Commissioner further said security agencies were directed to take total control of all the affected areas with immediate effect “and state taskforce will monitor to ensure compliance.”
According to him, the troops led by Lt.-Gen. Faruku Yahaya, the Chief of Army Staff, who had since relocated to the North West region had been combing the forests and bandit enclaves.
He said the military had recorded huge successes which details would be made available in due course.
Meanwhile, commercial activities in the state were halted following the disconnection of telecommunication network by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)
The disconnection had also affected banking services including Point of Sales (POS) services and internet cafe services among other businesses in the state.