Zamfara Governor Claims Evidence of Federal Government’s Involvement in Secret Bandit Negotiations

Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal, has reiterated that the Zamfara State Government possesses substantial evidence implicating agents of the Federal Government in covert negotiations with bandits. This declaration comes in the wake of the Governor’s consistent rejection of negotiations with these criminal elements and his previous allegations that the Federal Government had been secretly engaging with the bandits.

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, countered these claims, accusing the Zamfara Government of politicizing security matters.

In a statement issued on his behalf by his spokesman, Sulaiman Bala Idris, Governor Lawal defended his position, asserting that he had concrete evidence implicating certain Federal Government agents in negotiations with bandits within Zamfara State. He also criticized the Information Minister’s response, suggesting that a thorough investigation should have been conducted before dismissing the State Government’s claims.

The statement read in part: “We sought clarification from the Federal Government regarding the sneaky negotiations with bandits carried out by some of its agents without recourse to the State Government and heads of Security agencies in the State. We have facts and evidence on what had transpired between these agents of the Federal Government and the bandits during the negotiations in several places across Zamfara. It is disappointing that the information minister discredited our claim without verifying it first. What is expected of him as a professional is to collaborate with relevant authorities to substantiate the claim’s authenticity.”

Governor Lawal clarified that the State Government has no intention of publicly exposing the names of Federal Government agents involved in these covert negotiations, as it respects established protocols and authorities. He emphasized that the State Government’s position is to discourage and condemn negotiations with bandits, as it believes that such actions only embolden and encourage criminal activities. The Governor called upon the Federal Government to take a firm stance against these activities and to investigate the motives of those involved.

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