Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has ordered the task force on security to commence house-to-house search to chase out criminal operatives in the 19 emirates of the state.
Matawalle gave the order during a broadcast to the people of Zamfara in the early hours of Tuesday in Gusau.
The broadcast was followed by an expanded Security Council meeting that lasted for over eight hours.
The governor stated that the measure was part of an effort to reestablish law and order and ensure peace in the state.
He implored the emirs who are part of council meetings to be watchful and report suspicious persons or strange movements in their respective areas to Security agents.
Matawalle also declared restrictions on motorcycle movement in the communities on the outskirt of Gusau from 9 p.m. till dawn.
He directed the security agencies to shoot at sight any motorcycle rider who disobeyed the order and refused to stop at security checking points within the said areas.
According to him, the measure came after reports of the use of motorcycles by bandits and other criminal element perpetrate their criminal activities within the state capital and its environs.
The governor also directed hotel operators to check their guests by means of valid identification before accepting them.
“This measure idols part of government’s efforts to tackle insecurity in the state, as government is concern over usage of hotels by terrorists and criminals to perpetrate their heinous activities in the state.
“Any hotelier found violating the new order will have his hotel shut down and face prosecution according to the law.
“The state government would not take it lightly with anyone found disturbing the peace and security of the people,” he added.
Matawalle noted that the government was committed to safeguarding the lives and property of the people.
“Security of lives and property of the citizenry is a basic function of government anywhere.
“My government is doing everything humanly possible in accordance with the laws of the land to ensure the discharge of this responsibility,” he said.
Meanwhile, the council implored security agents, especially military and police, to scale up effort in tackling banditry and other criminal activities in the state.
The council stated that peace was gradually returning to the state, but ordered the security operatives on synergy and coordination to combat the pockets of banditry and kidnapping in parts of the state.