2,000 repentant bandits accept peace deal, surrender weapons to Zamfara govt

2,000 repentant bandits accept peace deal, surrender weapons to Zamfara govt

- About 2000 repentant bandits hand over 190 locally made rifles and shotguns to Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state

- An aid to the governor, Zailani Bappa, says youths were led to the government house by the senior special assistant to the governor on security, Abubakar Dauran

- Bappa says he is convinced that the youths had genuinely repented

No fewer than 2,000 repentant bandits who terrorised Gusau, Zamfara state, handed over 190 locally made rifles and shotguns to Governor Bello Matawalle at the government house, Gusau.

The senior special assistant to the governor on media, Zailani Bappa, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, December 5, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Bappa said the youths were led to the government house by the senior special assistant to the governor on security, Abubakar Dauran.

He quoted Dauran as saying that he was convinced that the youths had genuinely repented.

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Bappa stated that major cities of the state, especially Gusau were facing security challenges caused by banditry, youth restiveness among other crimes.

The governor’s aide, however, expressed happiness that the youth were toeing the line of the repentant bandits and also repenting from their bad ways.

Leader of the repentant youths popularly known as Sani Shaidan, said that they were encouraged by what the state government did, alleging that the immediate past administration in the state did not care about their welfare.

He said they resolved to allow peace to reign because the present administration in the state genuinely intended to address the ills in the state.

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Responding, Matawalle assured the repentant youths of the state government’s earlier commitment to finding lasting solutions to their plights. He urged them to form committees that would monitor those youths who refused to accept the peace initiatives.

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Meanwhile, Bello Dankande, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Zamfara state, has been reportedly arraigned and remanded in prison.

Premium Times reports that Bello was remanded in prison by a Shariah court in Zamfara after pleading not guilty to the accusation levelled against him. Legit.ng gathers that the APC chieftain was arraigned for allegedly sabotaging the state’s security.

He was also accused of colluding with outlawed volunteers groups (Yansakai) to steal cows in Bakura local government area.

In another news report, Sani Musa, senator representing Niger East senatorial district and his counterpart representing Niger North senatorial district have said bandits have overtaken their state.

Interestingly, both senators have been in the news in recent times for sponsoring controversial bills.

While Musa is the sponsor of the bill seeking to regulate social media, Abdullahi is the sponsor of that which is seeking to curb hate speech.

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