Government of Zamfara State, North-West, Nigeria has announced the arrest of some civil servants for banditry in the state.
The state is one of the most affected by banditry in the country.
The State’s Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Dosara in a statement sent on Wednesday, said the civil servants were among 35 suspects apprehended in Gusau, the state capital.
Dosara said, “It was surprising to note that, all the 35 suspects were arrested in Gusau, the state capital, and some of the civil servants.”
“The state government, therefore, expressed delight over the arrest of the 35 bandits terrorising people within the Gusau metropolis.”
He stated that the criminals “have since been interrogated and have confessed to their various crimes.”
The commissioner added that they have already been transferred to Abuja for further action before prosecution.
Dosara further said, “Government therefore seriously warn bandits to renounce the criminality and embrace the state government dialogue and peace initiative to become good citizens.”
He also stressed the government’s intention to take punitive measures against criminals, as a matter of urgency.
The state government strongly warns traditional rulers to keep their eyes on landlords who give out their houses to people with suspicious character within their domains.
The commissioner, therefore, stated that government will soon start arresting any landlord found renting his/her property to bandits, kidnappers, informants, and dealers of weapons for the bandits.
He said, “Government will not hesitate to demolish any house given out on rent to criminals.”
Meanwhile, the state government said it had lifted the ban on commercial activities on four markets in the state.
Dogara in the statement said, “The action follows several calls by concern citizens both within and outside the state, to lift the ban to allow the common man have access to his basic needs during the Holy month of Ramadan.”
“The affected markets are Magami, Wanke, Dansadau, and Dauran.”
“The four markets were ban from any activities last week following attacks and killing of innocent people within the affected communities.”