Governor Bello Matawalle
Governor Bello Matawalle has alleged that powerful and respected people are sponsoring terrorism in Zamfara state.
Zamfara State has suffered a series of bandit attacks in recent times.
On Tuesday, April 12, bandits abducted five female students of the College of Health Science and Technology, Tsafe, Zamfara State.
Reacting, the state governor, Matawalle said 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.