Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has urged Nigerians and the people of his state to rise and defend themselves and not wait for the police to rescue them if attacked by bandits.
Matawalle said this in Gusau on Friday during a prayer session organized by the state government to seek divine intervention against banditry.
The governor said, “The insecurity situation has defied solution, as such people should Defend themselves.
“I am calling on the people of the state to defend themselves if the bandits attack them.
“My government has approved that whenever the bandits attack you, don’t wait for the security personnel to come to your rescue. You should rise up and protect yourselves.
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“My government has also planned to recruit locals from each community who will be in charge of monitoring their villages to ensure that bandits don’t attack them.
“I’m calling on the traditional rulers and community leaders to make sure that only people of proven integrity are recruited.”
The governor also called on the traditional rulers to fish out the bad eggs in their communities that were conniving with the bandits.
This call comes less than a week after bandits unleashed terror in Askawa and Gidan Dannunu communities in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State and killed thirty villagers.