The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has applauded Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State for exposing those behind banditry in the state.
Recall that the state government had revealed the arrest of an Army officer and his girlfriend who were supplying weapons and military uniforms to bandits.
According to the government, the arrest of the soldier and his girlfriend followed community-based intelligence.
But in a statement on Tuesday, signed by its spokesman, Emmanuel Yawe, the ACF commended the governor for arresting the soldier and his partner.
The group also hailed the governor for removing the Emir of Maru, Abubakar Chika, and Lawal Ahmed, a district head of Kanoma for allegedly giving support to bandits.
He said: “About a week ago, ACF issued a press release calling on Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle to name the people collaborating with kidnappers and bandits in his state, saying he knew the collaborators and that Nigerians will be shocked to know them.”
“The chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh then called “on the governor to give the names and let the heavens falls. We are happy to note that the government of Zamfara has acted appropriately. A soldier and his girlfriend have been arrested in Zamfara for supplying arms and military uniforms to bandits.
“The deputy chief of staff to the Zamfara state governor, who represented him at a press conference, said the arrest followed community-based intelligence.
“The governor has also approved the removal of the Emir of Maru, Abubakar Chika and the district head of Kanoma, Lawal Ahmed, for allegedly giving support to bandits behind hundreds of deaths.”
“The emir and the district head have been on suspension since June last year and were under investigation which found them guilty of the complaints from their subjects.”