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Gambari summons Matawalle over killings in Zamfara

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The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, has summoned the governor of Zamfara state, Bello Matawalle, over the killings and other security threats facing the state.

Matawalle made this known on Tuesday while speaking with State House correspondents shortly after the closed-door meeting in Abuja.

The governor said that his government had intensified efforts towards restoring peace to all the troubled parts of the state.

The governor said that security agencies were working hard to tackle the menace of banditry and violent crimes in the state.

He said: “I am here to see the Chief of Staff to the President because of the issue currently bedeviling Zamfara. We discussed intensively about the security issue in Northern Nigeria, not just in Zamfara.

“We met in the National Security Adviser’s office with northern governors and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and other security agencies. We discussed extensively on the issue of insecurity.

“I was invited here by the Chief of Staff to the President to come and brief him on the issue of insecurity in my state, which I have done, and we have understood where we are going.

“The Zamfara government and the security agencies are doing their best to make sure that we curtail this issue of insecurity.”

According to the governor, the government is using the carrot-and-stick approach in handling security issues in the state, adding that repentant bandits are profiled and re-integrated into society.

He expressed the optimism that the ongoing military operations in the state would be successful.

The governor reiterated his administration’s determination to continue to partner with security agencies in tackling the security challenges in the state.

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