- Four bandit leaders in Katsina have submitted to the authorities in the state
- The gang leaders were paraded before journalists by the Katsina state police command
- It is not clear yet if the former warlords are being granted amnesty by the state government
Four bandit leaders on Thursday, April 8 said they have denounced their illegal activities in Katsina state and surrendered 45 rustled cattle, two General Purpose machine guns, 24 AK 47 assault rifles, 109 GMPG ammunition, 95 7.62MM Live Ammunition, among others.
Channels TV reports that the four bandit leaders were identified as Sale Turwa, Mani Turwa, Ado Sarki, and Sani Mai-Daji.
Parading them before the press, the Katsina commissioner of police, CP Sanusi Buba explained that their surrender is part of the Katsina police command’s effort in the ongoing onslaught against criminality in the state.
He further explained that it’s also in line with Federal Government’s directive to all security agencies to clamp down on all criminals.
Punch quoted the spokesman for the repentant leaders of bandits saying they were initially using the weapons to protect their herds of cattle against cattle rustlers, promising not to go back to crime.
Some Nigerians on social media have been reacting to the pictures and videos of the bandits who surrendered.
Babatunde Dayo Abdulwasiu wrote on Twitter:
“This shows that our borders are absolutely porous just like our immigration is ineffective.”
Mayowa Adekola wrote:
“After the kidnapping, robbing, and killing of so many innocent people! The government will now grant these ones amnesty and even build a house for them! What a country!”
Daniel Audu wrote:
“They must tell Nigerians how they got access to these guns.”
Shima Kerter wrote:
“Does anyone care where they got these weapons? Submitting weapons is not the solution. Tackle the source.”
Ta Sheriff wrote:
“The fall of Gadaffi has escalated insecurity in the sub-Saharan region. These weapons are mostly from unofficial black African hired fighters to protect his regime during the uprising.”
Umar Mukhtar wrote:
“It's high time government treats this group of people as the terrorists they are. Government must either use brutal force in eliminating these terrorists or amnesty be extended to them as we saw in the case of Niger-Delta militants. Either way, something must be done right away.”
Recall that bandits on Monday, March 29, killed a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman in Tafa local government area of Niger state, Mr. Ishaya Sule.
The assailants gained entry into the residence of the deceased by using a ladder to scale the perimeter fence of the house before forcing the main door open after which they went straight into the bedroom of the late politician and stabbed him in the stomach.
In a related development, bandits killed eight persons in separate incidents in Kajuru and Kachia local government areas of Kaduna state.
This was revealed in a statement seen by Legit.ng on Tuesday, April 6, and signed by the Kaduna state commissioner for internal security and homeland affairs, Samuel Aruwan.