– Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state has denied the allegation leveled against him by a local government chairman in the state
– The council boss had said that the governor supplied vehicles to bandits
– Matawalle in his reaction, however, said the vehicles were given to security agencies to fight banditry in the state
Bello Matawalle, the governor of Zamfara state, has cleared the air on the allegation that he supplied vehicles to bandits in the state.
Punch reports that a former chairman of Maradun local government area of the state, Alhaji Abubakar Maradun, had made the allegation against the Governor, saying he supplied Hilux vehicles to bandits which they used to attack innocent residents.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the bandits used two of the vehicles in an attack on the Janbako community which led to the death of ten people.
He had said:
“They went to that village in two of the Hilux vehicles given to them by the Zamfara state Government. One of the vehicles broke down and was abandoned by the bandits.
“These bandits have been using the vehicles to kidnap, kill and rape innocent people and the press has been silent.”
Reacting to the allegation, the special adviser to Governor Bello Matawalle on media and publicity, Alhaji Zailani Baffa, described it as wicked.
He, however, admitted that the Governor did donate vehicles, adding that they were distributed to all the security agencies in the state.
“These vehicles were duly distributed to all security agencies in the state under the supervision of the Inspector-General of the Nigeria police.
“The beneficiaries included the military, the police, the customs and excise, the immigration services, the NDLEA, the NSCDC, the FRSC, among others.”
The governor while reacting to the allegation via his official Twitter handle on Tuesday, January 19.
“I commissioned the distribution of 200 vehicles to improve the operational capacity of our security forces. We’ll not relent in delivering the core mandate of securing the lives and property of our citizens.
“The said vehicles, 200 of them were donated to security agencies in the state to boost their morale in tackling insurgency. This is a display of quackery and sheer mischief targeted at disabusing the minds of law abiding and patriotic citizens of the state.”
He described the allegation as “a display of quackery and sheer mischief targeted at disabusing the minds of law-abiding and patriotic citizens of the state.”
It was reported that the ex-senator, however, did not disclose the records he relied on when compiling the list.
The list has generated huge reactions from users on Twitter as some users claimed the list was incomplete, while others disagreed outrightly with the activist for including some states.
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