Zamfara State Governor, Alhaja Abduaziz Yari, on Tuesday met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari on the recent spate of banditry in the state which has left scores of people dead.
The governor had in a statewide broadcast on Monday said 155 persons had been killed by bandits in less than a month in the state.
He also said over 50 persons had been kidnapped during the period.
Speaking with State House correspondents after his meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Yari said he seized the opportunity of the meeting to brief the President on the ongoing efforts to restore normalcy to the affected areas.
He said he would remain in the troubled areas throughout the week as part of efforts to boast the morale of the security agencies deployed to restore peace.
The governor expressed the hope that the soldiers drafted in the areas would remain there for a longer period until peace is restored.
He said, “As you are aware, some villages in Zamfara State have been under attacks by bandits and the President has carried out his constitutional responsibility by sending security men to the state.
“So I am here to brief him on the security situation in the state. The operation is ongoing and is going on successfully. I am rushing back there to visit the troops in order to boast their morale.
“I will be with them throughout the week. In this kind of situation, you have to be with the people in order to show them that you are concerned as a leader.
“I believe the security agencies are doing their best and we will continue as government to give them the support needed to make the operation successful.
“We are hoping that the military will remain there for longer time and we are ready to take care of their logistics.
“The problem we have is that the state is surrounded by forests. The military men there are currently in about six camps. We hope they will stay there for a while.”