The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, has on Monday stated that the Federal Government did not give Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association money during its recent meeting with the group in Brinin Kebbi.
The minister made the disclosure in Anka, Zamfara, on Monday while fielding questions from newsmen.
He described information that government gave the group money as the ”fabrication of mischief makers’’.
Dambazau was quoted as saying “Let me state categorically that during our meeting with members of the Miyetti Allah representatives, no issue of money was discussed at all, not to talk about giving them any.
“We did not give them even one kobo, the information being spread is the fabrication of mischief makers trying to divert from the matter facing us, which is the killing of innocent citizens.
“My visit to Zamfara today is in furtherance of that meeting to discuss with stakeholders and as you have seen, we are on course and confident that the issue of banditry in all the affected states is coming to an end,” he said.
The minister had earlier informed the Emir of Anka, Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad that he was in the state at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari to address current insecurity ravaging the state.
He assured farmers that government would provide adequate security for farmers during the farming season .
Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad opined that there would be no farming in the state during the year if adequate steps are not taken salvage the situation , adding that many villages had been deserted with more displaced women and children coming to the towns.
Ahmad said at the moment, there were more than 16,000 internally displaced persons in Anka who had escaped bandits’ attacks from nearby villages. He advised security agents to comb all the deserted villages which were now hiding places for the bandits.