Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has accused some powerful indigenes in the state of fanning the ongoing insecurity.
The governor stated this while reacting to the recent abduction of five students of the College of Health Science and Technology, in Tsafe, Zamfara State.
The Provost of the College, Yusuf Idris, confirming the incident had said the abductors contacted one of the victim’s mother, threatening to marry her if the ransom is not paid.
Matawalle, through a statement signed by his Media Aide, Zailani Bappa, said powerful people in the state have been funding the bandits.
The Governor disclosed that bandits have recruited some residents of the State as informants.
He said: “Strong facts indicate that the recurrence of banditry in the State is aided and abetted mostly by powerful indigenes. Some of these people are strong personalities who the people respect.
“There are also, among the generality of the citizens, people who receive paltry sums of money to serve as informants to bandits.”
Zamfara has been one of the States affected by the activities of bandits.