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FG Ready To Listen To Bandits, Settle Them Without Cost – Minister

 

The Federal Government is keen to hearken to repentant bandits and settle them with out price in a bid to discover a lasting answer to the safety threats within the north-west and north-central areas of the nation.

Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, said this on Tuesday in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“With all pleasure, anybody willing to surrender and do it honourably and honestly; the government is ready to listen. The government is ready to see what they can do to settle them down without much cost,” he stated.

Dingyadi defined that the current administration meant to reintegrate repentant bandits into the bigger society, saying the federal government would carefully monitor those that have turned a brand new leaf to make sure they don’t return to their previous lifestyle.

He additionally spoke concerning the ongoing navy operations towards bandits in Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and different states the place their actions have been alarming.

 

‘When You Surrender’

According to the minister, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will proceed to document successes towards bandits so long as the safety businesses proceed to work in synergy.

A file photograph of the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi.

 

On whether or not the window of amnesty was nonetheless open for bandits keen to give up, he stated, “When you talk of amnesty, it is a relative term and what the Federal Government is trying to say is that: ‘Let us see those who have surrendered their arms, let us listen to them, let us chronicle them, let us receive them’; we cannot just throw these people away because they are all Nigerians.

“Of course, they are criminals, they have committed atrocities, they have committed crimes, but according to the international laws, when you surrender from a war zone, you are not killed, you are not maimed, you are allowed to have your say.

“We are listening to them to see how we can integrate them into the larger society. What we are trying to do is to get them settled in their various communities, to let them have a kind of means of livelihood so that they can integrate peacefully and honourably into the society.”

Despite assurances by the federal government and safety forces to finish the menace of banditry, the felony components usually assault in massive numbers and arrive on motorbikes.

The armed forces have carried out operations and airstrikes on their camps, that are hidden deep within the forests that span Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina and Niger States, however violence has escalated.

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