Gov. Matawalle reveals why he negotiates with bandits

Gov. Matawalle reveals why he negotiates with bandits

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has given reasons why he negotiates with bandits terrorizing his state.

Matawalle justified the negotiation by saying that he opted for that approach in order stop the killings of innocent residents and the destruction of their properties by bandits.

Speaking at a briefing in Kaduna on Friday through his Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Magaji Dosara, the governor noted that negotiations with bandits have helped in deradicalizing some bandits.

He said: “As a result of the dialogue and peace process, over 62 bandits accepted and embraced the peace initiative.

“This is in addition to the release of over 2000 kidnapped victims aided and abetted by the repentant bandits.

“The repentant bandits are also helping in campaigning and convincing those bandits yet to accept the dialogue and reconciliation process to do so.

“They are also helping in the identification of the leaders of the recalcitrant bandits, including their camps and location for dialogue and reconciliation.”