By Mazino Dickson, Daily Editor
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, says the Nigerian Army will support the effort of Zamfara State Government to end banditry in the state and other parts of the country.
Buratai, who made the pledge when the Governor of Zamfara, Dr Bello Matawalle visited the Army Headquarters in Abuja, noted that the army had achieved a lot of successes in their operations against banditry in the state and other parts of the country through collaboration with other security agencies.
He said that in as much as the army believed in dialogue in crisis situations, the dialogue and peace effort must be holistic.
“We are quite interested in the security situation in Zamfara state and more so the democratic process that is managed by the governor.
“We are 100 per cent in support of whatever the civil administration decide towards bringing about peace and security in our country.
“Just about two days ago, the combined troops of the military including the police and the state services went from Zamfara into Katsina state to flush out these bandits and over 170 of them were either neutralised or captured or absconded from their camps,” he said.
He pledged that the army would support the government to ensure complete disarmament and deradicalisation and other political process that the government would undertake.
Gov. Matawalle said he came to show appreciation to the army chief for the effort of the army to flush out banditry activities in the state.
He said the army commanders in the state had given the government the necessary support to address the security challenge in the state.
“We agreed that army should reduce attack on them so that they can come out.
“We have secured the release of over 120 captives including foreign nationals and arrangement is on ground to release another 25 captives including women and children.”
He expressed his desire to return Zamfara to its peaceful state status and restore its lost glory.