Seven compunctious bandits relinquished weapons in Zamfara

Charles Nwoke, Gusau, Nigeria
January 29, 2021

Seven rueful bandits have surrendered their weapons and embraced the peace treaty initiated by the Governor Bello Matawalle Government of Zamfara State.

This was revealed in a statement issued by Zailani Bappa, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communications.

The Special Adviser said the repentant criminals surrendered 14 dangerous weapons at the Gusau, the Zamfara State Government House, the smallest of them being an AK 47 rifle.

Bappa said, “Seven hardened bandits in Zamfara State have softened and repented as they surrendered their weapons to embrace the peace accord instituted by Governor Bello Mohammed’s administration to end the decade-old banditry in the state.

“The repentant bandits surrendered 14 dangerous weapons, the smallest among them being the popular AK 47. They publicly surrendered the weapons to Governor Bello Mohammed at the Government House today.

“The State Commissioner for Security Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran who presented them to Governor Matawalle said they willingly took the decision to accept the peace offered by the Governor and will accept to be re-integrated into the society.

“Governor Matawalle accepted their resolve as they took an oath with the Holy Quran not to either go back to their past ways or become informants for their former colleagues who have yet to key into the peace process.

“Governor Matawalle promised to continue with the peace process in the state, employing the carrot and stick approach towards a successful end to the menace in the state.

“The repentant bandits were received in the presence of some traditional rulers in the state and several Islamic clerics who took turns to give them words of advice as their weapons were handed over to the State Police Command,” he added.