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Residents return home as security improves, Zamfara govt. says

ZAMFARA State government says that residents of six communities have on Thursday returned to their villages following improvement of peace in the state.

The information disclosed in a statement was made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Friday and signed by the Director- General, Press Affairs,  Zamfara Government House, Yusuf Idris.

The state government noted that the residents returned to their homes through the effort of the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on security Matters, Alhaji Abubakar Muhammad Dauran (Justice) because the security atmosphere of the state was calm.

“Some of the returned IDPs had spent over six months at Mada town area of Gusau local Government but with measures put in place by the present administration of Governor Matawalle, they were able to return home without any fear or threats to their lives and properties,” the statement reads.

The Governor, Mohammed Matawalle, on his part praised the measures put in place by the federal government in ensuring that sanity was restored in the various part of the state, by deploying more security personnel.

He enjoined farmers in the state to keep on with their regular farming activities, as the safety of their lives and properties have been taken care off.

Matawalle appealed to Nigerians to continually pray for the restoration of peace in the state.

He called on the people of the state to join forces with the security personnel deployed to the state to help rescue Zamfara from the menace of insecurity.

He further pleaded to the perpetrators of this crime to embrace peace, so they can also enjoy the dividends of democracy.

The media have reported several killings, kidnapping and banditry in Zamfara State  in 2019 alone.

On April 23,  the state noted that insecurity in the state had declined as a result of the massive deployment of military personnel, but locals were still at the mercy of bandits and kidnappers.

The media reported in May the adoption of students and teachers at a government secondary school, Moriki, in Zurü Local Government Area  (LGA) of Zamfara State.

Also, in June, there were news of killings by bandits in Kano village, Maru LGA, Zamfara.
Following this, the governor, on June 17,  embarked on a journey to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), for a meeting on how to tackle the problem of banditry in the state.

In a bid to curb the menace, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, (NGF) on June 20, disclosed its intention to set up a security committee at the National Economic Council (NEC) level with a view to addressing the appalling rise of insecurity in the country.

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