- Banditry has continued to wreck families, communities and as a result over 33,000 children have been made orphans
- Mahdi Shehu, a Katsina-born philanthropist said this in reaction to the government's plan to give amnesty to bandits
- According to him, no compensation was given to victims of bandits
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The plan by Katsina state government to grant amnesty to repentant bandits is not going down well with Dr Mahdi Shehu.
Shehu who is the chairman of Dialogue Groups lamented that due to the activities of the criminals, over 33,000 children have become orphans in the state.
According to him, in the last five years, over four thousand people have been killed, while over four thousand women have been widowed in different parts of the state, Daily Trust reports.
He disclosed this in Kaduna while reacting to the planned amnesty, adding that houses worth millions of naira have been burnt and destroyed by bandits within this period.
”What is clearly known to us is that over four thousand people have been killed, over four thousand women have been widowed.
“Over 33,000 children have been orphaned, houses worth millions have been burnt down, cattle stolen, and yet the government is talking about amnesty as if these lives mean nothing.
“No compensation, no restitution, no rehabilitation, no reconstruction, no further plan to rehabilitate and resettle them, but yet the government came up with this idea of resetting the bandits,” he said.
In a related development, former Kaduna lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, has condemned some state governments' practice of giving houses, shops and farmlands to repentant bandits.
Amid rising insecurity in the country, some northern governors have reached agreements with bandits to repent and drop their weapons in exchange for material gifts.
Senator Sani, a former senator in the eighth National Assembly has condemned the practice, seeing it as one that encourages other youths to join banditry, especially those who are only paid stipends under the federal government's social scheme.
In other news, as residents continue to protest in the northern part of the country against banditry and insecurity, a prominent monarch in the region, Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to advice.
The respected monarch who is also the president-general of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam said the president should listen even if the advice is coming from perceived enemies.
He disclosed this in a statement signed by the JNI secretary-general, Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu.
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