Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle say the death penalty will soon be adopted for people that give information to bandits.
Many villages have been torched and hundreds killed by bandits and cattle rustlers in the state.
The governor made the announcement on Sunday, when he visited Lilo village, in Wonaka district, Gusau local government area, following attacks by suspected armed bandits.
8 people were killed and 18 others were sustained bullets and knife wounds.
He said the government would not tolerate anyone, ”supporting bandits to carry out their criminal activities while pretending to be good fellows.”
“We are going to send an executive bill to the state house of assembly immediately after the inauguration of the law makers and l want to assure the good citizens that if the bill is passed, it will be implemented to the letter,” he said.
He cautioned the Civilian Joint Task Force to avoid taking the laws into their hands, saying that his administration would not tolerate extrajudicial killings.
“As JTF members, you have no right to kill anybody; enough is enough, as from today the government will not allow extrajudicial killing. If you arrest any bandit, you should hand them over to the appropriate authorities; this administration has made adequate arrangements to tackle insecurity.
“It is very sad, so regrettable the way our people are being killed every day, it is very unfortunate that we took over this government in the midst of serious security challenges not only in Zamfara but also all over the country.
He said his government had provided more equipment for security agencies.
“Security agencies are now monitoring phone calls in this state, I am therefore appealing to the bandits to repent or face the consequences of the law.
The governor donated N5 million to families of those killed and directed the office of the Secretary to the State Government to take care of the medical bills of all injured persons.