HURIWA faults Matawalle’s peace deals with bandits, terrorists
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, flayed Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, for allegedly encouraging banditry, kidnapping and sundry crimes in Zamfara State through his administration’s peace deals with kingpins.
Its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement, said the security situation in the North West state has “so worsened that bandits operate freely, kidnapping scores and terrorising defenceless citizens, imposing taxes on them and making demands of food and ransom payment from them.”
The group claimed that the governor had “failed the people as chief security officer and does not deserve to be remembered on the positive page of history, going by the ceaseless abductions recorded in Zamfara, which is a major transit to other Northern states.”
Bandits had, on Monday, freed five children of a former Accountant General of the state, Abubakar Bello Furfuri, after spending over five months in their enclave.
Same day, hoodlums abducted the district head of Kwangami village, Muhammad Galadima, and six others in Zurmi Council of the state.
The group recalled that in October, 27 persons were kidnapped from Kawa, Gwashi, Tungar Rogo and Anka towns in Anka and Bukkuyum councils, regaining freedom after weeks in captivity.
In September, it added that bandits seized an unspecified number of worshippers, observing Friday Jummat prayers in Zugu Town of Bukkuyum Council.
HURIWA noted: “While the state government did not confess that it paid ransom to secure release of the victims, many families and parents have been outspoken in their ordeal to ransom-mongering bandits, who have enslaved the people of the state and turned them to cash-cows. Aside from this, there are scores of other abduction in the last two months, many of which were unreported in the media.”
Commenting further, Onwubiko submitted: “Governor Matawalle is to be blamed for these incessant attacks by bandits because, for a long time, his administration lies in bed with bandits through illegal and counter-productive peace deals and amnesty programmes. What deal does a governor has to make with killers and bloodsucking demons but to crush them through the instrumentality of the state in collaboration with security agencies?”