Following the dismissal of seven traditional rulers in Zamfara State recently over their link to banditry activities in the state, governor Abdulaziz Yari, has warned that more heads will roll.
He spoke yesterday to State House correspondents after meeting with Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, it is unacceptable for traditional rulers to be colluding with bandits to wreak havoc in the state.
He said, “What we are trying to do is to teach a lesson because the problem we have in Zamfara State in the North-west is of a peculiar problem that some of the traditional rulers are supporting the banditry activities or taking advantage or taking money from them or relationship; that is very dangerous; to give you trust to manage people through tradition and then you are taking part, directly or indirectly, so that is not acceptable.
“Any one that we find wanting in this definitely, he must face punishment. And we are trying to use every avenue that we have to ensure that we fish out those that are within us – within the traditional rulers and outside.
That is why we hired intelligence; we hired the civilian JTF and all of them, so that they can help us by giving us the details.
“For instance, we have about 2,600 men and women that are working against these bandits but still it is not enough because of the terrain. The terrain is not known to them, so we have employ sons of the soil that will lead the security agencies to their doorsteps and we have been getting very serious results to our advantage.
When asked if more traditional rulers will go if they are found wanting, he replied emphatically “Of course! Absolutely! If you are talking about general public we are almost getting to 5 million and the total number of traditional rulers is about 300, so if we find any one! Anyone! Underline the word ‘anyone,’ found wanting, he would go!”
He also disclosed that the state has recovered 10 weapons from its N1m for AK47 programme.
The governor also dismissed calls for a declaration of state of emergency in Zamfara saying security challenges is not peculiar to the state alone.
“Are there not killing of security officers anywhere else in the Nigeria, except Zamfara? Why they shouldn’t call for that in the other places, “he added.
On his mission to the Villa, he said, “It is about the NEC, discussing of the good date for the NEC, because this is the end of the year and usually we used to have extended NEC and looking at who and who should be invited for the NEC, being the last year for the election.
“That is what we discussed and we agreed that the NEC is going to be held on Friday, December 14.The NEC is to discuss the economy and to review the performance of the economy from January 2018 to date,” Yari said.