Bello Muhammad Matawalle
Nigeria's armed forces will not be able to fight Boko Haram insurgents and bandits, according to Governor Bello Matawalle, unless President Muhammadu Buhari removes criminal elements from the country's security forces.
“The nation will not defeat the criminals with such bad eggs within the security architecture,” he pointed out.
He said this while suspending Surajo Namakkah, the district head of Badarawa in the Shinkafi Emirate Council.
The governor has put the district head on leave indefinitely after he bestowed the traditional title of Durumbu on a military officer who was arrested for allegedly selling ammunition to bandits in the state.
Yusuf Idris, the governor's spokesman, said in a statement released on Friday in Gusau that the government would not tolerate anything that could jeopardise Zamfara's hard-won stability.
Mr Matawalle promised that anyone who was found wanting in some way would be dealt with appropriately.
Traditional rulers must obtain permission before conferring titles, according to the governor, in order to avoid humiliating the government and the traditional institution unnecessarily.
The military officer, according to Matawalle was detained for allegedly supplying ammunition to "one Kabiru Bashiru of Maniya village, Shinkafi Emirate," as well as receiving "advance payment of N100,000 from bandits."
The governor praised security forces for apprehending "one Dr Kamarawa," who had four sets of military camouflage and an army identification card.
He went on to say that Kamarawa specialized in supplying army uniforms and medicines to Zamfara robbers.
Mr Matawalle expressed regret over some reckless security personnel's involvement in banditry, claiming that it would sabotage ongoing operations and render it difficult to eradicate banditry in the nation.
All those arrested in connection with banditry in the state, according to the governor, will face the full force of the law.
He praised the efforts of the state's security agencies in combating banditry and urged people to support them by providing accurate information on criminals.