A Nigerian Army officer and his girlfriend have been arrested in Zamfara State for allegedly supplying ammunition and uniforms to bandits terrorising different parts of the state.
At a press conference in Dutse on Friday, state Governor Bello Matawalle, who was represented by his deputy Chief of Staff, Bashir Maru, confirmed the suspects’ arrests by the military, which he described as “community-driven intelligence.”
“An army officer and his girlfriend were recently arrested for assisting bandits with military uniforms and ammunition in active collaboration with other saboteurs. This arrest would not have been possible without the help of community intelligence.
“While the state government awaits the military’s response to this matter and issues an official statement, the development has reaffirmed Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle’s position that unless the fight against banditry is cleansed of bad eggs and saboteurs, we may not achieve the desired results.
“Let me take this opportunity to pay tribute to the bravery and patriotism of the person who came forward with information that led to the arrest of these traitors. Our gratitude is limitless.”
The governor also refuted reports that 40 people were killed in a Wednesday attack on the Tungar Baushe community, calling the report “completely false.”
“It is thus unfortunate that some media organisations went ahead and published fabricated accounts fed to them by state enemies of peace without proper investigation and confirmation.
“It is worth asking yourself as media practitioners why those who gave you the false information of 40 people killed by bandits (which is blatantly false) refused to give you the information of bandits killed by the sheer efforts of the resilient people of Ruwan Tofa, which is the truth,” he bemoaned.