Governor Bello Matawalle has ordered the state task force on security to begin a house-to-house search for criminals in the 19 emirates of Zamfara .
Governor Matawalle gave the directive in a statewide broadcast on Tuesday morning in Gusau after an expanded security council meeting that lasted for more than eight hours.
The governor said the measure was part of an effort to restore law and order and ensure peace in Zamfara and urged the emirs who were part of the security council meeting to be vigilant and report suspicious persons or strange movements in their respective domains to security agents.
Matawalle also announced restrictions on motorcycle movement in communities on the outskirt of Gusau from 9:00 p.m. till dawn.
He directed security operatives to shoot on sight any motorcycle rider who violated the order and refused to stop at security points within the affected areas.
According to him, the measure followed reports of the use of motorcycles by bandits and other criminal elements to commit crimes within the state capital and its environs.
The governor also ordered hotel operators to scrutinise guests by means of valid identification before accommodating them.
“This measure is a part of government’s efforts to tackle insecurity in the state, as government is concerned over the usage of hotels by terrorists and criminals to perpetrate their heinous activities in the state,” he said.