- As Nigerians await the release of the abducted Kagara students, Niger state' SSG begged the bandits in the state to embrace dialogue
- The SSG, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, had accompanied Sheikh Gumi to meet with the bandits and their leaders
- In their reaction, the bandits reportedly told state government to facilitate the release of their colleagues being held by security agencies for peace to reign
Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, the Secretary to the Government of Niger State (SSG), has appealed to bandits to lay down their arms and embrace dialogue.
The Nation reported that Matane said this when he accompanied the popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmed Abubakar Gumi, to meet with the bandits and their commanders in Dutsen Magaji, Mariga local government area.
The SSG urged the bandits to embrace peace dialogue being initiated by the state government.
According to him, the peace dialogue will bring an end to the security challenges faced by the state.
Matane also appealed to the bandits' commanders to support the government’s effort in securing the release of the abducted students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara.
Bandits give condition
The Nation reported that the bandits in their remarks give conditions for peace to reign in the state.
According to the report, the bandits asked the state government to release their men who are being held by security agencies.
He said that the peace dialogue will bring an end to the security challenges faced by the state.
Sheikh Gumi asks FG to give bandits ‘blanket amnesty’
Meanwhile, Sheikh Gumi has asked the federal government to give bandits who are willing to make peace a ‘blanket amnesty’.
The Islamic scholar noted that the move is important if the current security situation in the country must be effectively tackled.
According to him, some of the bandits' complaints are that they were being killed unjustly by the security forces.
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