“Am ready to step aside as Governor if that will stop killings in North West” - Matawalle

Schools’ 70 year old Maiguard told bandits to strike.

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has promised to resign as governor if that will end the killings in the North-west state.

The Zamfara State Governor made this known on Wednesday while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme.

Asked if he is intimidated by the decision of the Federal Government to ban flights in the state, the governor said, “I am ready to accept any solution that will bring security to my state.

“I am not intimidated. If I know my resigning as a governor will make the people sleep with their two eyes closed, I can resign. I am not power-hungry. I have been having a sleepless night to protect the people of Zamfara State.”

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle also said Jangebe schoolgirls revealed that the security guard in their school was involved in their abduction.

Matawalle had earlier said he knew those behind the abductions in the state and that Nigerians would be shocked to hear the revelation.

However, when probed about it, the governor said the bandits who kidnapped the girls, identified the security guard of the school as the facilitator of the abduction.

Matawalle, however, did not reveal the abductors' identities but promised a thorough investigation into the matter.

“…Even the watchman of the school…. The children have mentioned that when they were there; after releasing them, the bandits were telling them (the schoolgirls) to greet the watchman for them,” he said.

“They even mentioned his name that he is the one who gave them the go-ahead to come, so he was involved.

“They have said this in front of the commissioner of police in Zamfara state. An investigation will be carried out and all people involved will be known.”

Also speaking on the no-fly zone order over the state issued by President Muhammadu Buhari, the governor said he had accepted the decision of the President, but added that he should have been consulted before the decision was taken.

“I thought the Security Council should invite me so that I can come to inform them and give them more information that can help them to do whatever they want to do,” he said.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, declared Zamfara a ‘no-fly zone’ and banned all mining activities in the state.

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