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I’ll not allow ‘some failed politicians’ destroy Zamfara, says Matawalle

• Gov threatens to arrest Yari if killings continue

GOVERNOR of Zamfara, Bello Matawalle has accused Abdulaziz Yari, his predecessor, of trying to make the state ungovernable for him by fomenting violence.

The governor made the accusation at the government house, Gusau, while receiving some firearms that some “repentant bandits” surrendered.

Matawalle blamed recent attacks on Yari, saying he could order his arrest if killings continued unabated in the state

He noted that it cannot be sheer coincidence that attacks occur whenever his predecessor visits.

“I have decided to take this action against the former governor because I observed that whenever he visited the state, there would be attacks and killing of innocent people immediately he left,” Matawalle was quoted to have said.

It was gathered that 14 persons were killed on Sunday in an attack on Karaye village in Gummi local government area.

The attack is the first major breach of the peace agreement between the state government and suspected bandits.
Matawalle alleged that his predecessor’s visit was followed by a security breach, which he described as “too much of coincidence.”

“Security is the responsibility of all and I wonder why some people such as the former governor and his followers are not happy with the current development in which the security of the state has significantly improved,” he said.

The governor, therefore, instructed security agencies in the state to arrest and prosecute anybody found to be responsible for the killings, saying he would not allow “some failed politicians” to destroy the state for their personal interests.

Taking to his Twitter handle on Friday, Matawalle wrote:

“Three different attacks were launched when the former governor visited the state and that can’t be coincidence, let there be another attack or violence the next time you set foot in Zamfara so help me God. Politicizing people’s lives will never hold as long as I’m Governor,” Matawalle wrote.

The governor was responding to another handle, supposedly belonging to Yari, where the ex-governor exonerated himself.

Meanwhile, the state government has set up a commission of enquiry to investigate former Governor Abdul’aziz Yari on the alleged diversion of N100 billion local government funds.

The Deputy Governor, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, alleged that the former governor diverted the amount through the awards of “fictitious or over-inflated” contracts.

Gusau said, “The verification committee appointed by the Zamfara State Government to investigate the contracts awarded by former governor Yari in the 14 local government areas of the state has discovered that most of the projects were either inflated or not done at all.

“Based on this, the state government finds it necessary to set up a commission of enquiry to properly investigate former governor Yari with a view of returning the diverted funds.

He maintained that some contracts were awarded by Yari just one day to handing over, adding that, “the work was not done and the money was paid to fictitious contractors.”

Mattawalle had earlier called on the federal government, international community and security agencies to help prevail on Yari to release the N37b belonging to the state.

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