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Zamfara gets 780 additional police to fight bandits – Gov. Matawalle

July 6, 2020

In a bid to curb the incessant banditry in the North-west, Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara says the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has approved the deployment of 780 personnel to the state curb banditry.

Mr Yusuf Idris, the Director-General of Media, Public Enlightenment and Communications to the governor, said this in a statement on Monday in Gusau.

Idris said that Matawalle got the approval when he paid a visit to the Inspector-General of police at the Force Headquarters on Friday.

He said that the personnel would be drawn from the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorists Unit (CTU), Special Forces and various other squads and would join other security agents in the final march to clear remnants of bandits from the state.

He said that the police deployment is coming on the heels of the ongoing special army operations taking place in the state.

The operation he said would be led by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, alongside principal officers of the Nigerian Army.

Idris, however, said the governor’s policy of carrot and stick approach to banditry would remain open for those wishing to lay down their arms and embrace peace.

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