Zamfara notorious bandits repent, surrender arms to govt


By Jamilu Iliyasu Birnin Magaji

Governor Bello Mohammed Matawallen Maradun, Barden Hausa, Shettiman Sokoto today received three more repented Bandits who surrendered their Arms at the Government House, Gusau.

Among the repented Bandits was one Muhammadu Sani Zakwi, the son of late Buharin Daji also a one time notorious bandit and two others.

The Group operated within Maru and Bungudu local Government Areas, and willingly accepted the peace initiative of the Zamfara state Government today.

Items surrendered by the repentant Bandits included 8 AK-47 rifles, 1 Rocket launcher, 1 Map machine, and 1,041 live Ammunitions 

Receiving the repentant Bandits and the surrendered Arms and Ammunition,  Zamfara state Governor, Hon. Dr. Bello Mohammed MON, Matawallen Maradun noted that in less than two weeks, his Administration had received four more groups of repentant Bandits in furtherance to his carrot and stick approach to ensure lasting peace and tranquility in the state.

Governor Bello Matawalle maintained that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

The Governor who thanked the Almighty God for making it possible for his Administration to continue recording this successes, explained that the peace accord and reconciliation process with repentant Bandits would be sustained in the state, while those unrepentant ones will face the full wrath of the law.

According to the Governor, not all Fulanis are criminals, noting that "as we all know, Fulanis are living and conducting their cattle rearing business in the bush.

The Matawallen Maradun enjoined his colleagues, Governors across the country to embark on the peace and reconciliation with bandits and provide them with a sense of belonging.

He thanked the Emir of Maru and other stakeholders in the Area for having talks with the Bandits which led to the success recorded.

In a remak, the state Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Muhammed Dauran said this giant initiative of common approach towards addressing insecurity in the state is yielding positive results.

Alhaji Abubakar Dauran added that in this regard, a lot have been achieved in the state internal security operations as a result of the peace accord which led to the return of normalcy in some hard-hit areas.

The commissioner explained that since the beginning of the peace process and reconciliation with bandits in the state, about 181 sophisticated weapons, 1525 live Ammunitions,  64 magazines, 2 number of Handcuffs as well as 887 locally  fabricated Den guns were voluntarily surrendered by repentant bandits and local vigilantè group (Yansakai) across the state.

Earlier, the Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Gado Maigari told the Governor that his emirate and other stakeholders in the area engaged the bandits in the bush on the need to stop the ugly business and embrace the peace process of the state Government.

The occasion was attended by the former Deputy Governor of Zamfara state, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala Muhammed, Head of Service, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe, Deputy Chief of staff, Dr. Bashir Muhammed Maru, Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello commissioners and senior Government officials.

Jamilu Iliyasu Birnin Magaji is the Press Secretary to the Governor of Zamfara State.

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