By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
Zamfara State Government has said that it is not going to stop using dialogue with bandits in fighting banditry and other crimes in the state as it is yielding positive results.
This was disclosed on Wednesday by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Zamfara State, Alhaji Bala Bello Maru while briefing journalists shortly after the state executive council meeting held at Government House Gusau.
Maru said in view of the successes being recorded in the fight against banditry through the use of dialogue with bandits,, the state government will keep using the option in its bid to end banditry in the state.
“The state executive council resolved on the use of dialogue as one of the two important approaches in solving the security challenges,” he said.
The SSG added the kinetic and none kinetic approaches will be maintained to end banditry in the state.
“We all remember what happened recently when 344 students of Government Secondary School Kankara in Katsina state were kidnapped, dialogue played the superior role in ensuring their return to their families safely,” he said.
The SSG also revealed that the state government is receiving commendations from other state governments due to the dialogue initiative which he described as a needed catalyst to end banditry.
“Just yesterday the state government received a letter from the Nasarawa state government expressing its appreciation for putting efforts through dialogue to see that Nasarawa state indigenes who were kidnapped got freed without a single Kobo been paid as ransom,” he said.
Maru disclosed that the state government will continue to accept and rehabilitate repentant bandits to
“The state government has resolved to continue to accept repentant bandits as the government feels it is important to bring banditry to an end,” he said.
He added that the use of force by the military and other security agencies will be sustained against those bandits who refuse to accept the dialogue initiative.