- The leader of a bandit group in Zamfara state has recounted how he met with the commissioner of Police in the state
- Muhammadu Bello said he met with CP Usman Nagogo in the dreaded Shinkafi forest in Zamfara state
- According to Bello, his gang members had warned him against accepting the peace talks by the state government
Muhammadu Bello, the leader of some bandits operating in the dreaded Shinkafi forest in Zamfara state has opened up on how he met with the commissioner of Police in the state, Usman Nagogo.
Bello said he met with Nagogo alongside some of his motorbike-riding gang members for a peace meeting with the Police top brass.
Speaking at the Palace of the Emir of Shinkafi, Alhaji Muhammadu Makwashe Isah, the bandit's leader who claimed to have repented said he was escorted for the peace meeting with the police commissioner deep in the forest.
According to Bello, he was surrounded by about 80 heavily armed bandits on motorbikes as the Zamfara's state’s commissioner of security and home affairs, Abubakar Dauran, was also present.
Bello said: “When they came to pass a message of peace and tranquillity to me, my armed boys riding about 80 motorbikes advised me not to fall to the ‘trick’ because of existing mistrust between us and the security operatives at the time."
He said he told his gang members that he was ready to accept the peace offered by the state government as he was already tired of the security situation in Zamfara.
"We wanted the carnage to stop and since a road map to peace was being developed, let us participate to bring back the much-needed peace to the state. We came to realise that the government officials did not come along with any arms while meeting my armed men inside the forest for the peace mission," Bello said.
The self-acclaimed repentant bandit leader further called on farmers and herders to sheathe their swords as the dark days of bloodbath will not return in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a former governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, had said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) remains a strong party.
Yari while boasting to a crowd of party members who visited him at his residence from across 14 local government in the state said the ruling party is still intact in Zamfara state.
The former governor also said that he is highly impressed with what he witnessed in the state after leaving office.
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