The Zamfara state House of Assembly has passed a bill prescribing the death penalty for all banditry-related offences.
Abdullahi Shinkafi, Special Adviser on Intergovernmental Affairs to the Governor of Zamfara, confirmed this to newsmen in Gusau.
He also said the same order extends to those convicted of kidnapping.
Shinkafi however clarified that the ‘shoot on sight’ order by Bello Matawalle, the governor, is limited to a section of the state.
“Today (Tuesday), the governor is going to sign into law the death penalty for kidnappers, informants and any other banditry-related issues.
“The House of assembly, yesterday in Zamfara passed into law the death penalty to kidnappers, informants and the contributors.
“The issue of a shoot on sight is only limited to Mada town in Gusau LG, where there’s a rampage of banditry attacks on the innocent citizens of Zamfara state,” he said.
The passage of the bill follows Governor Bello Mattawale’s directive that residents should arm themselves against bandits.
He also directed the police command to issue gun licences to all who qualify and are willing to obtain firearms to defend themselves.