Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has suggested that ‘informants’ are hindering the defeat of bandits in Nigeria.
According to Matawalle, without informants, bandits will be easily defeated in the country.
The Governor said this on Monday while receiving five daughters of a former Accountant-General of Zamfara, abducted and held for seven months.
They were presented to Matawalle by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 10, Mr Bello Sani-Deljan, accompanied by the Commissioner of Police in Zamfara, Mr Kolo Yusuf.
Recall that bandits took the five girls from their home in Furfuri in Bungudu Local Government Area in March.
The bandits released a video to social media in October showing the girls carrying sophisticated firearms and threatened to recruit them into banditry if the ransom they demanded was not paid.
A combined effort of the Police and other security operatives, however, led to the rescue of the girls unharmed.
However, Matawalle commended the security forces for the efforts made and urged them to put an end to banditry in the State.
He noted that intelligence reports showed that the girls were abducted successfully with support from informants who were either family members or close associates.
The Governor appealed to citizens of the state to “courageously fight informants by reporting suspects to the authorities without fear.
“Without informants, bandits will be strongly incapacitated and will easily be defeated,’’ Matawalle said.
The Governor directed that the girls be taken for proper medical checks and counselling before reuniting them with their family.