The Zamfara Government has called on the people of the state to embar on a three-day fasting and intensive prayers to seek God’s intervention against the activities of bandits, kidnappers and other crimes.
The state’s Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Bello Dankande, made the call at a news conference on Tuesday in Gusau.
He said: “I am sure you all know the efforts the state government and the Federal Government are making to tackle the activities of criminal elements in the state.
“We believe that the fasting and prayers will facilitate Allah’s intervention for both the safety and success of our security men and bring the ugly situation to an end.
“These three days of fasting is voluntary to everybody because we are all either directly or indirectly affected by the situation.
“We are also soliciting for the intensive reading of the complete Holy Qur’an by Islamic scholars and their students to invoke Allah’s help.”
The commissioner said that the law against wood logging and illegal sale of petrol in the state were still in place, adding that violators would face the full wrath of the law.
Dakande said: “The ban on wood logging and illegal sale of petrol had greatly frustrated the activities of bandits as the law had affected their food supply, fuel, among others.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government had in 2018 imposed a ban on wood logging and illegal sales of petrol in the state.
He said: “This followed reports that the bandits received food, illicit drugs, alcohol and other supplies through the wood loggers and those who engaged in illegal sale of petrol to the bandits.”