According to a statement by his media aide, Zailani Bappa, the governor gave the order while signing an order declaring a proclamation over the entire area of Zamfara State.
According to the statement, the decision was issued in response to the President's command to "kill on sight" anyone caught with illegal firearms in order to prevent the state from devolving into disorder.
The declaration said:
“In exercise of the powers conferred on me on that behalf, I Dr. Bello Mohammed, make the following proclamation:
“The whole area of Zamfara State is declared to be a proclaimed district.
“All firearms in illegal possession of all persons in Zamfara State are to be handed over to the nearest Police station within seven days of this proclamation
“All Officers and Soldiers of the Armed Forces, Department of State Security Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps are hereby conferred with powers of arrest of Police Officers,” the declaration concluded.