Zamfara Gov: Failed politicians hire Boko Haram to attack seven LGAs


Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, on Monday alleged that some unnamed “disgruntled” politicians had hired dispersed Boko Haram insurgents to attack seven local government areas in the state.

In tweets, he said the information was picked from “credible intelligence.”

He said they plan to carry out the attacks between today and October 25, 2019.

He said: “I wish to inform the general public that we are in possession of credible intelligence report that some disgruntled politicians of the state are collaborating with dispersed boko haram members to launch series of attacks on innocent civilians in order to destabilize the state.

“According to our intelligence these politicians have perfected plans to launch attacks on seven local government areas of the state and in other strategic places in the state capital. Also, two important personalities are being targeted for elimination should this plan succeed.

“The targeted local governments are, Gusau, Tsafe, Talata Mafara, Zurmi, Anka, Maru and Maradun. The strategic places targeted are Gusau central Mosque and Gusau mammy market where people are known to gather at day and night. Attacks are said to be carried between 23 September to 25 October.

“I urge the people especially those in the listed local government areas to be vigilant and promptly report any suspicious acts to the nearest security agencies for immediate action. I assure the people that we have taken necessary steps to address this situation.

“We have requested for security reinforcements, 24 hours surveillance, stop and search will be conducted across the state, so I appeal for your cooperation. I urge the people not to panic with the presence of heavily armed security personnel, as they’re intended to ensure safety.”