- The policy of dialogue with bandits is yielding results according to Zamfara state government
- According to the government, as a result of this, more criminals are surrendering their arms
- Going further, the government said each of the AK47 rifles surrendered is capable of killing 2,000 people
In what will generate diverse reactions from Nigerians, Zamfara state government has revealed that gunmen are listening to authorities.
According to the government, dialogue with the criminals was yielding results with more bandits surrendering their arms.
This was disclosed by the commissioner for security and home affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran, during a joint briefing with the police at the Command Headquarters in Gusau, The Nation reports.
“This has been possible through the peace and dialogue initiative introduced by our governor which led to many bandits surrendering their weapons.
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“These 20 AK47 rifles were surrendered at once by just one gang of repentant armed bandits and each of these weapons is capable of killing 2,000 people.
“This is why the Bello Matawalle-led administration in Zamfara state is standing firm on the peace and dialogue initiative which is fast bringing back peace in the state."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that in what will bring about different reactions from Nigerians, a criminal repented of his crime and vowed not to get involved in banditry again.
The repentant bandit, Auwalun Daudawa, also surrendered 20 AK-47 rifles and other weapons to Zamfara state Governor Bello Matawalle.
Going further, he said he wants to enrol in school.
Legit.ng had also reported that a former federal lawmaker Shehu Sani lent his voice again following the fight against banditry in the northern part of the country.
The ex-senator representing Kaduna central said that those who can’t protect their land should not interrupt the people that decide to.
In a tweet on Monday, February 8, the outspoken former lawmaker and critic stated that bandits have ravaged and pillaged most parts of the rural northwest.
In another development, the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) faulted a prominent Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, over his statement on bandits. He had called on the federal government to deploy budget for security in addressing their demands.
According to the national publicity secretary of the MBF, Dr Isuwa Dogo, it is strange for FG to use tax money on people who have been killing Nigerians.
He also questioned Gumi's motive in visiting the bandits and the name change he requested for them.