Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has claimed that respected and prominent persons in the state are funding terrorists.
In recent months, Zamfara State has been subjected to a spate of bandit raids.
Bandits kidnapped five female students from the College of Health Science and Technology in Tsafe, Zamfara State, on Tuesday, April 12.
Matawalle, the state governor, reacted by claiming that the robbers are backed by important figures.
He also claimed that bandits had recruited citizens of the state as informants.
“Strong evidence show that the reappearance of banditry in the state is supported and assisted mostly by influential indigenes,” Zailani Bappa, the governor’s media adviser, cited the governor as saying in a statement. Some of these individuals have strong personalities that the public admires.
“Among the general public, there are also persons who are paid pittances to work as spies for bandits.”
According to Matawalle, political appointees in the state are required to swear by the Quran upon taking the oath of office for the reasons stated above.
He did add, however, that some of the state’s senior lawmakers refused to sign an oath using the Quran.