President Muhammadu Buhari has directed his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, to mobilise service chiefs for the deployment of more security personnel to Zamfara State in order to halt the escalation of insecurity there.
This was made known to the press by the State Governor, Bello Matawalle, who was in Aso Rock on Friday to complain to the President that the security situation in Zamfara has worsened since the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), after the #EndSARS protests.
He said: “I came to brief Mr. President on the current security situation in the State. After the disbandment of SARS we had some challenges; particularly day before yesterday, about 20 people were killed in Talata Mafara Local Government Area. So I am soliciting for Mr. President to intervene and see how we can have more security personnel to secure the state’s territory.
“I also informed him about some illegal miners activities taking place in the state. We have been able to form a task force on illegal mining so that they can go round the State and fish out those behind the illegal mining activities.
“Most of the illegal miners are not Nigerians but with the support of army, police and other security agencies in the state, some of them were apprehended and repatriated to their respective countries.
“He directed the Chief of Staff to the President to take measures to connect with other relevant government agencies that we have discussed with about the issue of security.
“So, the Chief of Staff will contact the army, police and other security agencies to mobilize more security to the state with immediate effect.”
When reminded that SARS was disbanded because of allegations of extortion, rape and extra judicial killings, Matawalle replied that “in Zamfara State, SARS are doing very well because they are tracking those criminals and prosecuting them, particularly those in the high area, SARS has the capacity to track and bring them to justice.
“So, to me, in Zamfara State we are in need of SARS, we know with their presence we have experienced peace in the State.
“I am not saying it must be SARS, whatever name will be given to it, we want them in our state. We did not experience any of those things they did that caused them to be disbanded in my State.”