The governor of the state of Zamfara, Bello Matawalle, promised on Tuesday to eliminate the bandits who terrorize communities in parts of the state.
He also donated 200 patrol vehicles to security agencies to improve his operations, as part of efforts to strengthen the fight against kidnapping and banditry.
Beneficiary agencies include the Nigerian Army, the Police, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Civil Defense and Security Corps (NSCDC).
Others are the Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigeria Immigration Service, the Nigeria Correctional Service and the Federal Highway Safety Corps (FRSC).
In distributing vehicles in Gusau, the capital of the state of Zamfara, Governor Matawalle warned unrepentant thugs who refused to accept his government's peace deal to prepare for the worst.
He said that none of them would be spared in the renewed effort to rid the state of all forms of crime.
The governor revealed that his government has also instituted a monthly advance for security agencies, in addition to providing them with decent accommodation for offices and homes and other operational equipment.
He praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his cooperation to end banditry in the state.
Governor Matawalle added that the president listened to him all the time and responded positively to all his requests, including the approval of two police squads in the state and the mobilization of 780 police officers to attack the bandits in the risk areas of Zamfara.
According to him, no responsible government will fold its arms and allow its citizens to sink into uncertainty and be exposed to serious and incessant attacks that often lead to the loss of lives and property.
The governor, however, urged all residents of the state to support the government at the end of the banditry, providing security agents with timely and genuine intelligence information.