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10 soldiers, 5 emirs, 33 district heads fingered in Zamfara banditry

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A committee set up by the governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, on Friday submitted a report indicting top military officers and traditional rulers as responsible for banditry in the state.

The committee, set up in July, was headed by a former police Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Abubakar.

It was meant to find a solution to the insecurity rocking the state.

The report recommended the dismissal of some military officers and dethroning of the traditional rulers involved.

Mr Abubakar informed the governor that ”five emirs, 33 district heads and several village heads were confirmed to be complicit in the banditry activities which has lasted for about a decade”.

The committee also indicted 10 military officers as well as police and civilians as ”supporting the bandits who have killed hundreds of innocent persons, burnt villages, destroyed farmlands, foodstuff and livestock”.

In his remarks, the governor assured that the report and recommendations of the committee would be implemented ”without fear or favour”

“I will not be influenced by personal relationship, sectional, geographical, religious and ethnic interests especially the recommendations that touch on sanctions and disciplinary measures,” the governor said.

He added that those indicted who cannot be sanction because they are ”beyond his constitutional powers” would be transferred to federal government for further disciplinary action.

When contacted, the army spokesperson, Operation Hadarin Daji in Zamfara, Oni Orisan, said he cannot comment on the report ”because he’s yet to have the details”.

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