By Bashir Rabe Mani
Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara, Zamfara Information Commissioner says the state government is fully committed to the protection of lives and properties of all law abiding residents of the state .
Dosara spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Wednesday.
The commissioner stated that the essence of any government was to provide adequate security for lives and properties of the citizens.
”Gov. Bello Matawalle has been ensuring that there is such security, but only for the people who have chosen to be law-abiding and peaceful.
”He has never relented in his efforts in this direction and that was why he has curtailed insecurity in Zamfara state.
”That was why, at a time, for close to nine to 10 months, there were zero-case of insecurity across the state.
”This feat was on until when some saboteurs, conflicts entrepreneurs and politicians that work in synergy to sabotage efforts in various ways, struck.
”Yet, the governor did not relent, as he gave the recalcitrant bandits who refused to embrace peace an ultimatum or face the music,” he explained.
Dosara asserted that the measures introduced by the state government had greatly helped in boosting efforts to restore lasting peace and security to the state.
He said some of the measures included, shutting of telecom services and markets, closure of petrol stations, especially in remote communities; and the banning of motorcycles.
Dosara said that many successes were recorded following these measures, including the cutting off of informants who supplied information to the bandits, hence, “they could not attack”.
”In the same vein, their logistics supplies were cut off, they were cut off from society and they could not operate.
”Many of them fled to other parts of Nigeria as they suffered an acute lack of food, alcohol, drugs, weapons and other needs.
”Therefore, they began to take raw food from the farmers, as they were in serious need of cooked food in areas they attacked,” he said.
The commissioner said there was a reduction in the cases of attacks by bandits, kidnapping and cattle rustling.
He said that farmers in the state were able to go to their farms and harvest their farm produce.
Dosara stated that many of the bandits had been neutralized, saying, “this was due to the sustained fervent prayers of the ulamas and the communities”.
”All these successes have resulted in the relative peace the people of the state are now enjoying.
”We must also laud the people of the state for their ceaseless support, prayers and encouragement in dealing with the bandits,” he said.
Dosara said the state government restored communication services in Gusau metropolis, with a view to alleviating the suffering of the people.
He disclosed that the state government was pondering on reopening the Gusau livestock market on the condition that there would be no security infractions.
”The Governor recently approved the conditional reopening of nine weekly markets across the state, to ease the suffering of the people,” Dosara added.