By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Seven hardened bandits in Zamfara State have softened and repented as they surrender their weapons to embrace the peace accord instituted by Governor Bello Mohammed’s administration to end the decade old banditry in the state.
According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications to Governor Matawalle, Zailani Bappa, dated January 28, 2021, 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 offer by the Governor and will accept to be re-integrated into the society.
Governor Matawalle accepted their resolve as they took oath with the Holy Quran not to either go back to their past ways or become informants for their former colleagues who are 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 a number of Islamic clerics who took turn to give them words of advises as their weapons were handed over to the State Police Command.