Governor Bello Matawalle has said that some of those working with bandits have confessed to being sponsored by politicians.
Matawalle made the claim in an interview on Lagos-based RadioNow. The Governor of Zamfara state who didn’t reveal that identities of the politicians exposed by those collaborating with bandits, also said that these politicians have been telling bandits not to believe and enrol for his government’s amnesty and reconciliation programme because they don’t want him to succeed.
He said “After we initiated the dialogue, you know it was supposed to be a collective effort — between the government, the people of the state and other political gladiators. Unfortunately, when the government is trying to make sure we have peace, some political elites are thinking they don’t want us to succeed.
“So they’ve been making so many unprecedented comments about the dialogue issues and the reconciliation. And some of them that have connections with the criminals have been telling them all sorts of things so that they shouldn’t believe the government’s amnesty and reconciliation.
“We have some records. Some of the informants that were arrested, we have over 2000 informants under the custody of security agencies, and some of them have opened up and indicted so many people. They said some of the politicians are the ones funding them, telling them the state and federal government are not serious on what we promise to them.”