- Armed bandit operating in Zamfara state have started surrendering their arms and weapons
- Usman Nagogo, the state's police chief, said that the surrender was part of a phase of restoring peace to Zamfara
- Nagogo also said that the deal will also ensure that all captives are released from both bandits and vigilante groups
Armed bandits operating in Zamfara state will begin the laying down of their weapons in a state-government-backed peace deal.
Usman Nagogo, the state police commissioner, made this known to Daily Trust on Sunday, July 14, adding that the peace deal has led to the release of captives by the bandits.
The police boss said that the surrender of arms and ammunitions was the next phase of the peace deal, adding that it will follow after the release of all prisoners are done.
It should be noted that bandits and vigilante groups in the state have been holding various groups of people in Zamfara captives.
The vigilante said they are only holding Fulani who they accused of attacking Hausa farmers and rural communities in the state.
“We are almost through with the issue of release of kidnapped persons. The disarmament process will begin next week. We are on top of the situation and we will sustain our effort to see that peace is restored.
“I can tell you that a bandit had already surrendered his two rifles to the national chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa, and more are willing to follow suit,” he said.
He also maintained that the peace process is ongoing with the main aim of rescuing all the victims that are in each group’s captivity.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the commissioner of police in Zamfara state, Usman Nagogo, said the armed bandits’ activities have reduced by about 98% following ongoing peace and reconciliation initiative in the state.
It was reported that the police boss stated this at a press briefing on Monday, July 8, on the successes being recorded by the security in the fight against banditry in the state.
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