Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has vowed not to leave the northwest state as the Nigerian military ramps up its operations against bandit terrorists.
Naija News recall that the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, had last week directed telecommunication providers to shut down mobile networks in the state in a move to disrupt communication between bandits and their collaborators.
The Zamfara state governor had earlier ban the sale of fuel in Jerry cans, closed all rural filling stations and markets.
Speaking to Deutsche Welle radio, Governor Matawalle said he has chosen to remain and suffer with people of the state during the period of massive operations launched against terrorists.
According to the Zamfara governor, the blockage placed by his administration on food, fuel and communication is already forcing bandits to release people in captivity because they can not feed them.
Matawalle said: “The Chief of Army Staff was in the state to assess the operations. Troops and the local vigilantes are currently being mobilized to reach to out to the armed criminals in their hideouts inside forests.
“Aggressive military operation is on going. All their camps would be disbanded one by one and we are recording massive success.
“I’m not going anywhere, I will remain in the state throughout the period of these operations. I must share the pains of disruption of the telecommunication services with the good people of the state.
“As you can see, check points have been mounted after every five kilometres throughout the state so that no criminal will have escape or access route.”