Banditry: Masari advocates common approach by Governors of Northwestern States for disarming repentant bandits.
From Muawuya Bala Idris, Katsina
Katsina State, Governor Aminu Bello Masari, has advocated for common approach by Governors of Northwestern States for disarming repentant bandits.
Masari spoke at a meeting with leaders of repentant bandits to review security situation in the State held at Old Government House.
He said disarming repentant bandits in the state would not bring lasting solution to banditry without other neighbouring states adopting the same measures.
He lamented that his administration had initiated peace dialogue with bandits, but the problem of the kidnapping and rustling of cows still persist, citing example of recent kidnapping and killing of innocent people in some Local Government Areas in the state.
He blamed the reported kidnapping on the failure by repentant bandits to talk to their brethren living inside forest to stop terrorising and kidnapping innocent citizen.
He alleged that some of the repentant bandits are not sincere with the agreement, saying that government initiated the peace dialogue not because it cannot deal with bandits but to save the names of Fulanis.
Masari said his administration is ready to provide social amenities to Fulani living in the forest and create jobs through rehabilitation programmes.
Earlier GOC 8 Division Sokoto of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Aminu Bande, said it is necessary for the repentant bandits to surrender their weapons for lasting security, adding that it is unlawful for any person to acquire guns without approval by the government and that the repentant bandits should work with government on the possible way to disarm their followers living within the forest.