Zamfara Governor accuses FG of secret talks with bandits.
Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal, has accused some agents of the Federal Government of engaging in secret negotiations with bandits without the knowledge and consent of the State Government and security agencies.
Lawal made this allegation in response to a statement by the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, who had earlier accused the Zamfara State Government of politicising security issues in the state.
Governor Dauda Lawal has enough evidences
In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on media, Sulaiman Bala Idris, Lawal said he had enough facts and evidence to expose the identities and activities of the Federal Government agents who were involved in the covert dialogue with bandits in Zamfara.
He said the Information Minister should have conducted a thorough investigation before making such a statement, adding that he was disappointed that the minister discredited his claim without verifying it first.
Lawal said he respected protocol and established authority and would not come out in the media to start exposing the names of the Federal Government agents involved in the secret talks with bandits.
He said he sought clarification from the Federal Government regarding the sneaky negotiations with bandits carried out by some of its agents without recourse to the State Government and heads of Security agencies in the State.
He said he had already exposed a few locations where such talks were held with bandits, such as Birnin Magaji, Maradun, Mun Haye, Ajah, Bawo, and Bagege.
He urged the Federal Government to take a firm stance against such activities and investigate the motives of those who engage in them.
He said negotiating with bandits in Zamfara was a grave mistake that would only encourage and embolden the criminals, adding that it was not the solution to the problem.