President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered for an immediate response to rising cases of bandit attacks on communities in Zamfara State.
This was contained in a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallan Garba Shehu on 21st January, 2021.
The statement read that the president gave directive and order to the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno, that there must be a clear pathway to end the resurgent banditry that has continued to cost lives and the displacement of thousands of families from their towns and villages.
It could be recalled that the Speaker of the Zamfara State House of Assembly, Hon. Nasir Magarya, wrote a letter in which he appealed to President Buhari to intervene and stop the incessant killings by bandits in the State.
In this respect, a meeting is soon to take place that will deliberate on security and the issue of illegal mining which is fueling the crisis in Zamfara State.
The meeting will be attended by Major-General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Architect Olamilekan Adegbite, Ministers of Defence, Interior, and Mines and Steel and the Directors-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, and the National Intelligence Agency.
The meeting is expected to address these and associated issues of corruption, government oversight and lawlessness.