Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, says he told the truth on amount he spent on security in the state, insisting the figure is over N13billion.
Yari spoke when he received the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, in Gusau on Thursday.
The governor was reacting to critics on his request to the federal government to refund the N13 billion his administration spent in fighting crime in the last five years, Daily Post reports.
“People should learn to respect their leaders and what the leaders say and ask for clarification on what they do not know”, he said.
He recalled that armed bandits, cattle rustlers and kidnappers caused lots of damages to lives and property and that the state government made frantic efforts to contain the situation.
Yari further explained that the state government constituted a committee which was chaired by the Deputy Governor, Mallam Ibrahim Wakkala pointing out that the committee negotiated with the bandits.
He noted that the initiative resulted in many of the criminals renouncing their act and surrendering their weapons.
Yari first requested for the refund of the money when the Minister of Defence, Alhaji Mansur Dan-Ali came to the state on an official visit in March.