- Nigerians in Niger state have taken an initiative to negotiate their safety with bandits
- This woeful report was given by Shehu Sani, an ex-senator from Kaduna
- Sani raised concerns that this may just herald the actual reign of bandits in the state
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An unconfirmed report claims that residents in Niger communities where bandits are said to hold sway have started making negotiations with the criminals for their safety.
The news was reported by Shehu Sani, a former senator who represented Kaduna Central, on Thursday, April 29.
The ex-lawmaker expressed fears that this development may mark another phase of the influence of bandits in parts of the state.
"Niger communities directly negotiating with bandits for their own peace would herald a new phase of banditry authority exercising administrative power over ungoverned spaces, abandoned by the constituted authority."
However, at the time of writing this report, Legit.ng could not independently verify the authenticity of the former senator's claim.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Army had shut down its camp and evacuated its soldiers from the Zagzaga community in the Munya local government area of Niger state less than 24 hours after bandits launched an attack on a military camp in the area.
The Army, supported by the youths in the community, had also begun a search for one missing soldier after the attack.
According to the report, no fewer than 60 bandits on Wednesday, April 21, invaded a military camp in the community and engaged soldiers in a gun battle.
It was reported that none of the soldiers was injured in the attack except the missing RSM of the camp.
The secretary to the state government, Alhaji Ibrahim Matene, reportedly said the shutting of the military camp in the area was a “tactical withdrawal”, saying that the bandits had launched coordinated attacks on some communities in the area.
Matene further noted that the military camp was closed temporarily for tactical reasons, stressing that the military had been stationed in the community for the past five years due to the notorious nature of the area.