Bandits Are Like Animals, Deserve Death Penalty – Matawalle

Matawalle: Bandits Are Like Animals… They Deserve Death Penalty

Bello Matawalle, Governor of Zamfara State, has justified the death penalty approved for anyone convicted of banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, or cultism in the state.

Matawalle spoke on Wednesday when he was interviewed on Journalists’ Hangout, a TVC programme.

He stated that the state government has tried several approaches towards curbing banditry in the state, but such measures were not 100 percent successful.

“God knows I have adopted so many options for this crisis to leave the state, but unfortunately, there are good and bad people in any society,” he said.

“We’ve tried all we can. I’ve adopted so many options in the state and most of the options have yielded a lot of results.

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“I’ve done dialogue. I shut down the network. We cut the food supply and we saw successes, but it’s not 100 percent. The bandits fear the Yansakai vigilante group because they use a fabricated weapon. They put motorcycle plugs into it. Bandits fear that weapon; the weapon cuts the bandits into two.

“They see Yansakai as the most devilish people. I know why I gave that directive and I’ve succeeded with that directive I’ve given.”

When asked if the death penalty will work in the state owing to the fact that it’s not a popularly accepted approach globally, the governor stated that he is sure it will work.

“Death penalty will work. I have signed it. Anyone found guilty will face the law. The death penalty might not be popular, but those killing people, is it popular?” he asked.

Speaking on the directive for residents to arm themselves, the governor said bandits deserve no mercy.

“Why I said everyone should get a weapon is because these bandits are like animals. How can you see someone farming, and then go and kill him?” he asked.