Three notorious bandits said to have repented have surrendered their weapons to the Zamfara State Government.
Source gathered that the bandits gave up their weapons on Monday, February 22. It was also learnt that the arms handover ceremony took place at the chamber of the Government House in Gusau.
After the bandits had given up their AK-47 rifles and other ammunition, they sworn with the Holy Qua’ran not to return to carrying out banditry activities ever again.
One of the repentant bandits who spoke in Hausa said that they have sincerely accepted the peace initiative of the state government; pledging not to commit dastardly acts any longer.
On his part, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state, said his administration will do everything humanly possible to mop up arms from the bandits.
The Governor said the move is necessary for peace to reign in the state to enable residents to go about carrying out their lawful businesses.
While noting that not all Fulanis are criminals, he argued that some of them were pushed into criminalities.
He said, “We thank God for making us witness another day of success. When we started this dialoguing with these people, we have been getting so many attacks from all angles because people do not understand what it means.”
“People have been debating the issue of insecurity but they don’t know the root cause and they don’t want to understand. The only jump and conclude that why govt A, B, C, D are subscribing to dialogue.”
“The government is doing everything possible to mop-up all the weapons belonging to them, to bring it to the proper authority.”
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Police in Zamfara state, Abutu Yaro, commended the state government for the peace initiative, noting that it is achieving the desired result.
He however, called on other bandits to make up their minds and surrender their weapons for peace to reign in the state.