Dialogue: Bandits, Yan Sakai Surrender 100 Guns In Zamfara – Police

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File photo: Weapons recovered from armed bandits by Army in Zamfara on June 23, 2018.

By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
Over 100  dangerous weapons have so far been surrendered by bandits and the outlawed vigilantes group ‘Yan Sakai’  in the disarmament phase of the ongoing dialogue and peace initiative of the Zamfara State Government.
This was disclosed by the Zamfara State Police Commissioner, Barrister Usman Nagogo while briefing newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Gusau on Friday.
The Police Commissioner said some of the weapons surrendered includes 32 AK 47 rifles, General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) rifle, 2 Light Machine gun (LMG) rifles, 3 FN rifles, LAR rifle, pistol and 10 rounds of live ammunitions.
“The number of the guns surrendered is also just the beginning of what to expect as disarmament process progress. Thus, the total number of these weapons surrendered stood as 100”, he said. 
Nagogo lamented that before the commencement of the dialogue initiative in the state both sides have amassed massive weapons for different reasons and different purpose. 
“Whereas the bandits were said to have acquired their weapons mainly for banditry, cattle rustling and the so called defence of Fulani race while the Yan Sakai’ or the militia groups on the other hand were said to have acquired their light weapons to defend their farmlands, cattle and villages against the bandits and other related violence”, he said.
He said the weapons so far received are just the beginning of the disarmament as more weapons are expected in the coming days.

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