Federal govt not in secret talks with bandits In Zamfara, Badaru counters Gov Lawal

Minister of Defence, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, has refuted the claim that the federal government is in covert dialogue with Zamfara State bandits, asserting the state government is aware of all their moves.

The Minister issued this statement in response to allegations made by Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State, who claimed that the federal government was in discussions with Zamfara terrorists to secure the release of kidnapped individuals.

He dismissed the claim, pointing out that the “Federal Government is working assiduously round the clock to ensure that the girls and others return home.”