Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has proven contrary to a public opinion that government should not condone dialogue with bandits.
The Governor through the Commissioner of Information, Hon. Ibrahim Magaji Dosara at a press briefing in Kaduna on Friday, said dialogue process with bandits has been fruitful as over sixty-two bandits have accepted and embraced the peace initiative.
According to the Governor, almost 30,000 bandits in 100 camps spread across the forests of Zamfara and five of its neighboring states, and had killed 2,619 people, kidnapped 1,190 others and collected over N970 million ransoms between 2011 and 2019 in Zamfara alone.
“The repentant bandits are also helping in campaigning and convincing those bandits yet to accept the dialogue and reconciliation process to do so,” he said.
He added that, the process has also led to the release of over 2000 kidnapped victims aided and abetted by the repentant bandits.
“They are also helping in the identification of the leaders of the recalcitrant bandits, including their camps and location for dialogue and reconciliation,” he noted.