Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle says that respected and powerful people are sponsoring terrorists in the state.
Matawalle said this after bandits on Tuesday abducted five female students of the College of Health Science and Technology, Tsafe, Zamfara State.
According to the governor, the bandits are sponsored by powerful men.
He also alleged that residents of the state have been recruited by bandits as informants.
Zailani Bappa, a media aide to the governor, quoted the governor as saying in a statement: “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 people who receive paltry sums of money to serve as informants to bandits.”
Matawalle said it was for the above reason that political appointees in the state were directed to swear by the Quran while taking the oath of office.
However, he noted that some top politicians in the state declined to use the Quran to swear an oath.