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Arewa elders approve Matawalle’s formula to end banditry in North West

By Abdulganiyu Alabi, Kaduna
15 March 2022   |   2:42 am
Arewa Elders Initiative and Interactive Group have commended the security formula employed by the Governor of Zamfara State, Muhammad Matawalle, to address the issue of saboteurs

Bello Matawalle

Arewa Elders Initiative and Interactive Group have commended the security formula employed by the Governor of Zamfara State, Muhammad Matawalle, to address the issue of saboteurs, which is believed to slow down the war against banditry and other criminal activities in the North West region of the country.

The group disclosed this, yesterday, in a statement after a two-day interactive session with some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Kaduna tagged ‘Emerging challenges facing the North West and Issues Behind the Success of the Fight Against Banditry and Kidnapping ahead of 2023 Elections’.

The National Chairman, Alhassan Gwadabe, noted that the new strategies employed by Governor Matawalle, including arrest of informants, telecommunication networks shutdown, ban on the sale of petrol and exposing collaborators in communities, demolishing their structures and removal of community leaders accused of connivance and negligence were positively restoring peace to the region.

The elders called on President Muhammadu Buhari, service chiefs and governors of the region to come up with new strategies and tactics that could ensure absolute success in the ongoing fight against insecurity in the area, especially with the recent reports of the escalation of banditry and killing of innocent people in parts of Niger and Kebbi states.

According to them, the greatest challenge in the fight against bandits, now declared as terrorists, is to apply the non-kinetic methods introduced by Matawalle by arresting informants, using the traditional and political solutions and supporting vigilante groups.