Nigerian governor rules out negotiations with bandits, gives reasons

Nigerian governor rules out negotiations with bandits, gives reasons

- The Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello has spoken about insecurity challenges in the country

- The politician explained why he does not support negotiations with bandits

- Bello advised the government on how to tackle criminality

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The Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, has opposed any idea of negotiating with bandits.

The Nation reported that the governor told Channels Television that anybody carrying guns against the state should be considered as a criminal and should be dealt with decisively.

Bello said there is a difference between banditry and the agitation in the Nigeria Delta.

Nigerian governor rules out negotiating with bandits, gives reasons
Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello said criminality should never be excused Photo: @LugardHouse
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He said:

“It depends on how you look at it, I will differentiate categorically between the agitation in the down south or south-south and the issue of banditry.
“I don’t subscribe to the fact that because you’re idle then you take to crimes or criminality, there are a lot of jobs to be done, if you can’t do anything, go and farm. Crime is not an excuse for joblessness.''

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The Kogi state governor said criminals should be made to face justice in order to provide succor for lawful abiding citizens.

Meanwhile, Governor Bello Matawalle has revealed how a community in Zamfara state resisted an attack by bandits recently.

The governor who spoke through his deputy chief of staff, Bashir Maru, on Friday, March 5, said villagers in Ruwan Tofa community resisted and killed some of the bandits, who attacked them on Thursday, March 5.

According to the governor, Ruwan Tofa and a neighbouring village in Maru local government area of the state were attacked by the bandits.

In another news, the governor of Katsina state, Aminu Bello Masari, has expressed his concerns over the activities of bandits terrorising communities in the northwest region.

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He criticised the renowned Islamic scholar Sheikh Abubakar Ahmad Gumi for demanding that the bandits, who are responsible for the death of many innocent Nigerians be granted amnesty.

The governor said Gumi ought to be preaching about the implications of killing people to the outlaws and not amnesty, This Day reported.

Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.

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