LAGOS, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian police has deployed 780 special troops to tackle activities of bandits that are unleashing mayhem in Zamfara, a northwestern state of the country, an official said Monday.
The deployment was to strengthen security and bolster public confidence in the state, said Bello Matawalle, the state governor in a statement reaching Xinhua. Banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities have become rampant in the state in recent months.
The personnel were drawn from various squads of the police, the governor added, noting that he got the approval when he paid a visit to the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu on Friday.
Matawalle said the police personnel would join other security agents in the final march to clear remnants of bandits from the state.
The police deployment is coming on the heels of the ongoing army operations taking place in the northwest region which have killed scores of bandits, according to recent military announcements.
The governor said his policy of carrot and stick approach to banditry would remain open for those wishing to lay down their arms and embrace peace.
The state of Zamfara, as well as neighboring states, has witnessed a series of gunmen attacks in recent months. There have been recurring incidents of livestock rustling and armed banditry in the northwest region of Nigeria.