Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara on Wednesday said the state government would hold traditional rulers responsible for any extra-judicial killing committed by local vigilantes in their domain.
Governor Matawalle who issued the warning in Gusau during the Democracy Day celebration said that the government would no longer condone the atrocities of the local vigilantes, popularly known as ‘Yan Sakai’.
The governor also extended an olive branch to bandits terrorising the state, saying that the government was ready to rehabilitate any of them willing to repent.
“I also use this opportunity to, again, call on all those who decided to toe the path of crime, to surrender and embrace peace and legal means of livelihood.
“We are ready to rehabilitate those who accept peace and reintegrate them into the larger society,” he said.
Mattawalle said fighting banditry and other crimes, which had been bothering the state for many years, was the topmost priority of his administration.