Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has revealed to Nigerians the mastermind behind the abduction of over 300 students from the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe.
In an interview, Matawalle mentioned that the security guard of the school was part of the people who orchestrated the abduction of the students.
This information was disclosed to the governor by the freed students, who identified the security guard as one of those behind their abduction.
The Governor said, “The security agents in the state are aware that when we were trying to rescue these children without paying ransom, other people were behind talking to them that money will be given to them so that they shouldn’t release them to the state government. The children have mentioned the watchman of the school, that after releasing them, the bandits were telling them that they should greet the watchman for them, they even mentioned his name that he was the one who gave them the go-ahead to come, he was involved. The schoolgirls have said this before the commissioner of police in Zamfara State.”
Recall that Matawalle had earlier said that Nigerians would be shocked if he revealed those behind the abduction of the Jangebe girls.
Also in a bid to curb the rising insecurity ravaging the state and other parts of the country, President Muhammadu Buhari had declared Zamfara state a no-fly-zone.
This was disclosed by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno to Journalists at the end of the National security council meeting held at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday.
He also said the President has banned all mining activities in the state and ordered all intelligence and security personnel to go after and bring to book, all non-state actors masterminding chaos in the region.
Reacting to this, Matawalle stated that he had no issues with the decision of the Federal Government but said he should have been invited by the Security council before making such a decision.
He further said he is ready to resign if that will solve the insecurity menace in the state.
“I am not intimated. If I know that my resignation as a governor will make the people sleep with their two eyes closed, I can resign. I am ready to do what will bring security. I am ready to do what will bring security. I am not power-hungry. I have been having a sleepless night to protect the people of Zamfara state. Zamfara does not have an airport. Many people do not even know. How many times did you hear that an aircraft came to Zamfara? I expect that the security council will invite me to give them information that can help before they take the decision,” he said.