Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, yesterday in Abuja said the bandits terrorizing the state were more equipped than the entire security forces deployed to combat their activities.
Backstory: Yari disclosed this while taking questions from journalists in the State House after holding a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. He said the bandits had stockpiled as many as 500 AK-47 rifles in only one of its armory.
“They are in control of the kind of weapons that the security command in Zamfara does not have. In one armory alone, they have more than 500 AK 47 rifles. We saw it. Our people were even given the chance to take pictures. But when we said we will dialogue and offer them amnesty, if they surrendered their arms, they refused,” he said.
“I can tell you that till date we have not received up to 90 AK 47 rifles. So it is deceit. That is why I said no more dialogue during my tenure. During the dry season, they try to get us to dialogue because they know the security forces can get to them anywhere in the forest and they would not have a place to hide,” Yari said.
“But when the rainy season comes and the forest becomes thicker they return to their normal practice. That is why I said there has to be a show of force before anything else.”