Zamfara’s governor, Bello Matawalle, attributed the increase in banditry and kidnapping to conflicts between herders and farmers that past administrations failed to resolve.
In addition to pointing out that some states in the Northwest region failed to initiate dialogue with bands, the Zamfara state governor also said that the killing of a prominent Fulani leader in Dansadau led to an increase in banditry in the state.
Apparently, Fulani followers in Zamfara, Kebbi, and Sokoto states became enraged at his death and began attacking suspected killers of their leader to avenge it.
The Fulani and Hausa communities then became enemies, and each group began attacking and killing one another, Matawalle said at a recent conference on security in Kaduna State, through his Commissioner-designate, Ibrahim Dosara.
Moreover, he noted that due to the weakening of the traditional institutions and the judiciary, the herder-farmer conflict lingered for too long in the absence of a decisive resolution or prosecution.
In addition to contending that the government’s inability to resolve the conflict led some adversaries to devise other methods of resolving the conflict, citing the proliferation of arms into Zamfara state through porous borders with countries like Mali, Libya, and Chad as other factors that contributed to the banditry.