- Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara says he will pardon 100 Fulani people who are imprisoned over banditry in Gusau
- The disclosure was made by the senior special assistant to the governor on media, Zaila Bappa
- Bappa says the governor stated this when he received representatives of the Fulani community in Zamfara
Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has said he will pardon 100 Fulani people who are imprisoned over banditry in Gusau, the state capital.
The disclosure was made by the senior special assistant to the governor on media, Zaila Bappa, who said the his principal stated this when he received representatives of the Fulani community in Zamfara.
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The Cable reports that Governor Matawalle expressed displeasure that the Fulani “are now termed as terrorists worst than Boko Haram”.
Legit.ng gathers that the governor said granting pardon to the bandits is part of an ongoing peace process in the state.
He said: “I am one of you and I know you are not terrorists.
“What is happening today has a cause and we are determined to address it with your cooperation.”
“You can see now; you are here not only in Gusau, but the government house. Nobody will arrest you or harm you. Our aim is to have lasting peace in our dear state.”
Speaking on behalf of the Fulani community in Zamfara, Baba Bello said that all known bandits would surrender their weapons.
Legit.ng previously reported that some repentant bandits in Tsafe local government area of Zamfara, on Monday, August 5 explained why they took up arms against the people of the area.
The ex-bandits said at a peace meeting in Tsafe, that they were harassed and intimidated by the police and vigilantes, locally known as ‘Yan Sakai’, into becoming bandits and kidnappers.
The meeting which held at the palace of the Emir of Tsafe, Alhaji Muhammadu Bawa, one of the bandits commanders, Hassan Dantawaye, said they were unjustly treated by the government and the society.
He said: “We were forced into this, because apart from cattle rustling incidents we faced some years back, we also faced serious harassment and intimidation from security personnel and Yan Sakai."
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