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Matawalle says insecurity now business

Written by on November 13, 2023

The Minister of State for Defense, Dr. Bello Matawalle, is saying that conflict entrepreneurs were responsible for the unending banditry in the North-West.

Matawalle, who spoke in an interview with journalists in Abuja, says during his tenure as governor of Zamfara State, he observed that people traded with bandits.

He says banditry has its economy, which is fueling the crime in the country.

According to Matawalle, conflict entrepreneurs do not want insecurity to end in the country and people in the north are part of the business.

In a similar development, the Nigeria Army says troops of the I Division have neutralized three bandits and recovered weapons in Kaduna.

The Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations I Division Nigerian Army, Lieutenant-Colonel Musa Yahaya, confirmed the incident in a statement in Kaduna.

The statement says acting on credible intelligence, troops of the I Division Nigerian Army and Operation Whirl Punch carried out a clearance operation around the general area of Maro – Chibiya forest in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State on November 12.

The Army says during the operation, troops engaged the armed bandits with superior fire power, neutralizing one of the bandits and forcing others to flee with gunshot wounds into the surrounding forest.

As that is going on, a former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai retired is calling on the Federal Government to put in place a reward system for security agents in the country.

Buratai made this known at an award ceremony organized by “Our Nigeria News” a News Magazine in Abuja.

According to him, this would help motivate and ensure the country gets the best out of its security personnel.

The former Army Chief adds that with a reward system in place, security personnel would show more commitment and loyalty, noting that this was needed to address insecurity as well as to move the nation forward.

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