By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
Zamfara State Governor, Dr Bello Mohammed (Matawalke) has threatened to deal with any traditional ruler in whose domain extra judicial killings by the local vigilantes take place.
The governor gave the warning on Wednesday at an event to mark the June 12 Democracy Day in the state.
He said to curb banditry in the state, traditional rulers will be held responsible for the atrocities of the local vigilantes popularly known as ‘Yan Sakai’, as they are the ones who engages the vigilantes and therefore will be liable for their sins.
“I also use this opportunity to, again, call on all those who decided to toe the path of crime to handoff and embrace peace and legal means of livelihood. We are ready to rehabilitate those who accept peace and reintegrate them into the larger society”, he said.
Mohammed said fighting banditry and other crimes which have beleaguered the state for many years is the topmost priority of his administration.
The governor said within the past few days, he met President Muhammadu Buhari and discussed extensively on the challenge at hand.
“Part of the fall out of the visit was the directive of Mr President for the deployment of additional two mobile police squadrons to the state”, he said.
Mohammed described the democracy day as a time to reflect on how the country have fared over the years and renew determination for the task ahead.
The governor also pays tributes to heroes of the democratic struggles who have made it possible the country to live in a free society governed on democratic principles.
“One of the doyens of the struggles, and indeed our modern day Nigerian democracy, is no other person than Chief MKO Abiola, for whose honour Nigeria’s Democracy Day was changed from May 29 to June 12. The event of June 12 and the subsequent struggles for reversion to civilian rule were the precursors to today’s democracy”, he said.
He said fighting poverty in the state requires a multidimensional approach which includes revamping agriculture, resuscitating skills acquisition programme, improving salaries and welfare packages for workers and creating a conducive environment for small and medium scale businesses to thrive.
“My administration is also passionately committed to creating the enabling environment for businesses to flourish all over the state. I remember with much passion the position of Gusau as one of the acclaimed commercial hubs in the north, which attracted people from all over the country and beyond” he said.