Governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari

Abdulaziz Yari, Governor of Zamfara State, says bandits disturbing the peace of his state are better equipped that the military trying to counter them. 

He stated this after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Tuesday.

He also stressed that there would be no more negotiations as it had not brought any favourable outcome.

He said: “Well, I have told my people that that will no longer take place during my time because I have done that three times but it did not work. This is in the sense that we know their capacity.

“For instance, during the first dialogue, they invited some of our team, Army, DSS, Police and my Chief Security Officer, as well as some traditional rulers representatives and we have seen what they have.

“They are in control of the kind of weapons that the Command In Zamfara State does not have.

“In one armoury alone, they have over 500 AK47; we saw it. Our people were even given the chance to take pictures.

“But when we said we will dialogue, offer amnesty, that they should surrender their arms, I can tell you till date, we did not get up to 90 AK47. So, it is a deceit. That is why I said no more dialogue during my tenure.

“During the dry season, they will look for dialogue because they know the security can get access to anywhere in the forest and they have no place to hide. But when the rainy season comes and the forest becomes thicker, they will return to their normal practice.

“That is why I said there has to be a show of force before anything else. I know that in any war, eventually, you have to come to the table and dialogue, but the situation we are right now, sincerely speaking, a dialogue is not needed at this point in time.”

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