Some civil servants have been arrested for banditry in Zamfara, the State Government said in a statement.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Magaji Dosara on Wednesday, stating that the civil servants were among the 35 suspects apprehended in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital.
The North-West state is one of the regions worst affected by banditry in the country.
“It was surprising to note that, all the 35 suspects were arrested in Gusau, the state capital, and some of them (are) civil servants,” the statement said.
“The State Government, therefore, expressed delight over the arrest of the 35 bandits terrorizing people within the Gusau metropolis.”
The criminals “have since been interrogated and have confessed to their various crimes and have already been transferred to Abuja for further action before prosecution.”
“Government therefore seriously warns bandits to renounce criminality and embrace the state government dialogue and peace initiative to become good citizens, stressing the government intends to take punitive measures against criminals, as a matter of urgency,” the statement said.
“The state government also strongly warn traditional rulers to keep vigil eyes to landlords who give out their houses to people with suspicious character within their domains, as the government will soon start to arrest any landlord found giving out his or her property on rent to bandits, kidnappers, informants and dealers of weapons for the bandits.
“Government will not hesitate to demolish any house given out on rent to criminals.”
Meanwhile, the state government said it had lifted the ban on commercial activities on four markets in the state.
“The action follows several calls by concerned citizens both within and outside the state, to lift the ban to allow the common man to have access to his basic needs during the holy month of Ramadan. The affected markets are Magami, Wanke, Dansadau, and Dauran,” the statement said.
“The four markets were banned from any activities last week following attacks and killing of innocent people within the affected communities.”