Zamfara State Government has apologized to residents of the state over the recent stringent measures put in place to curb banditry.
Naija News reports that some of the measures out in place by the state government were the restriction of fuel sales to the state capital and the headquarters of the local government areas of the state.
The government also banned the sale of fuel in jerry cans in all filling stations, stopped ‘black market’ purchases, and suspended all weekly markets across the state.
But in a statement on Monday by the Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Dosara, the state government said the stringent measures were necessary because the government values the lives and the property of the citizenry.
Dosara added that the measures were put in place not to suffer Zamfara residents but to tackle the activities of bandit terrorists in the state.
He stated that the measures were taken after a careful study and selection of an urgent plan of action from the wide range of suggestions by the critical stakeholders, and in consideration of the present security situation in Zamfara.
Dosara, however, urged the people of the state to join hands together with the state government to fight the monsters called bandits terrorizing the state.
The statement reads: “The government deemed it necessary to take these measures in view of the values it attaches to human lives and the property of the citizenry.
“The actions are taken not with any intention of hurting the general public, but to examine the validity or otherwise, of the theories suggested in ending the conflict.
“The government is not unaware of the pains the people are going through as a result of this decision but is also mindful of its basic functions of protecting the lives and property of the people.
“The general public is, therefore, invited to join hands with the government in this latest derive to find permanent solutions to the lingering security facing the state.”