Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has warned non-state men and their collaborators to leave the state or face the full wrath of the law.
He said this on Wednesday while addressing reported influx of suspected bandits and their informants into the village of Sabon Garin Liman in Wurno local government area of the state.
He said his government, with the assistance of law enforcement agencies and the federal government will not allow criminal elements to regain ground in the state.
He stressed that state government is not unaware “of what is happening in this village, where bandits, both from within and outside the country are taking refuge.”
“I was out of the state. I left Sokoto yesterday. I had to come back by 1am last night because of certain information that I received that are very worrisome and of concern, that have to do with happenings around here and Gundumi forest (in Zamfara state).
“We know that there are informants in this village and they collaborate with bandits. We are going to flush them out and make sure that the law takes its course on them,” he said.
He enjoined law abiding people in the community to work with village head, other leaders and security agencies in the state, “particularly those deployed around this area so that we can nip this in the bud and reestablish peace here and in the state in general.”
He sympathized with the people of the community “on what has been happening around here, especially the recent attacks.”
Speaking on what happened in Kebbi state where bandits murdered about 60 vigilante men on Sunday, the governor extended condolences to the people and government of the state.
“We don’t want such happenings. We must all work together to ensure that the progress being recorded so far is not retarded.
“We pray that God Almighty shall continue to forgive the souls of those who lost their lives; and grant complete healings to those who sustained injuries and wounds, and all of these,” he added.