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Zamfara governor commends NAF on role played in bandits negotiation

- Governor Bello Matawale has commended the Nigerian Air Force (NAF)

- The governor hailed the NAF for helping to force the armed bandits to the negotiating table

- The governor, however, pleaded with NAF for additional support in the areas of community development

Zamfara governor, Bello Matawale, has commended the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for the role it played in helping to force the armed bandits, who were terrorizing innocent people in the state to the negotiating table.

He noted that the pressure mounted on the criminals by the NAF, through air and ground assaults, in conjunction with other security agencies, for the first time in more than 4 years, was able to halt attacks on villages thereby bringing relative calm to the state.

The governor gave this commendation while on a courtesy visit to the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, at the NAF headquarters on Thursday, July 18.

The governor, who noted that it had been over 3 weeks since an attack was recorded in the state, explained that the decision to negotiate with the bandits was born out of the need to immediately end all forms of insecurity in the state so that the people of Zamfara can go about their normal activities without fear.

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According to him, “markets, which were hitherto closed for several years, have since been reopened and several captives have regained their freedom.”

While thanking the leadership of the NAF and its personnel for their immense contributions to the gradual restoration of normalcy to the state, the governor pleaded for additional support in the areas of community development and provision of healthcare services to help alleviate the shortfall in amenities caused by many years of banditry attacks.

In his response, the CAS congratulated the governor for his efforts in bringing peace to the state while promising that the NAF would continue to support the Zamfara state peace initiative.

Accordingly, he said the NAF would sustain its Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions across Zamfara and surrounding States to deter attacks.

He added that the establishment of the 207 Quick Response Wing Gusau, with its helipads and fuel facilities, had not only added impetus to air operations but also improved the conduct of ground operations with the 250 NAF special forces operating in Gusau and Bungudu local government areas.

He noted that the ultimate aim was to have a minimum of 700 Regiment/SF personnel in Zamfara to compliment the efforts of other security agencies.

He however solicited for the continued cooperation of the people and government of Zamfara state in the provision of intelligence to enable the effective and efficient conduct operations.

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Meanwhile, suspected armed bandits have killed over twenty persons in Dan Tatsako village in Goronyo local government area of Sokoto state.

A source in the local government said the assailants, armed with sophisticated weapons, stormed the village at night and started shooting sporadically.

Legit.ng gathered that the source said apart from the twenty persons killed, houses and other properties were destroyed by the bandits.

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