- Zamfara state governor has accused security agencies of failing the state
- Governor Abdulaziz Yari said the agencies failed to stop the killings that occured in the state despite a 24-hour notice prior to the attack
- He also said he feels let down anytime he has to face the people of Zamfara
The governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, on Friday, February 16, accused security agencies in Nigeria for failing to prevent the killings that occurred in the state about 48 hours ago.
The governor speaking while he led a group of five northern governors on a sympathy visit to the Palace of Emir of Zurmi said the security agencies in the area failed to stop the attack despite warnings 24 hours prior to the killings.
Yari said the agencies and its operatives failed to tackle the problem of cross-border banditry and terrorism affecting communities in the area.
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He said: “Whatever was humanly possible that needed to be done, we as a government have done to mitigate this disaster. But it does appear that security agencies are failing in their responsibilities.
“I feel let down facing the people of this state whenever I remember the promise I made to them that if they elected President Muhammadu Buhari into power, these killings would end. But unfortunately, things are now getting worse.
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“As such, I urge you security agencies to up the ante so as not to lose this war. If you let us put the matter in our hands, anarchy will reign, which is not what we hope for.
“On this particular incident, we had intelligence reports 24 hours before it happened that the bandits were grouping and ready to attack. I alerted the security agencies but unfortunately, they sent inadequate personnel to confront these people," the governor said.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that at least 41 people were killed at Birane village in Zurmi local government area of Zamfara state.
Yari had earlier said he was shocked by the attack on Birane village that led to the death of 41 people.
The governor insisted that he would continue to protect the lives and properties of the people of the state.
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