By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
Zamfara State Governor, Dr Bello Mohammed Matawalle has described dialogue as one of the best key to curb the scourge of banditry, kidnapping and other crimes in the country.
Matawalle made the disclosure on Thursday at the Government House Gusau while receiving seven repentant bandits who unconstitutionally and voluntarily surrendered 14 AK 47 rifles and other ammunitions.
The governor said dialogue is one of the internationally accepted standard to mitigate crises hence the decision of his administration to continue to use the carrot and stick initiative to fight and eliminate banditry and other forms of criminality in the state.
“We are always ready to receive the bandits who repent and drop the bad ways while we will use force to fight those recalcitrant ones that are not ready to embrace the peace initiative,” he said.
Earlier, while presenting the seven repentant bandits and the surrendered weapons, the state Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran said the feat was a a result of the ongoing peace and dialogue initiative of the present administration.
Dauran said the seven repentant bandits are just some of the many bandits who have renounce banditry and accepted to turn a new and better leaf for the betterment of the state and country.
“Some of the seven present here are indigenes of others states who have being leaving in Zamfara forest for more than two years now but have decided to stop their nefarious activities forever,” he said.
The seven repentant bandits publicly took an oath to stop banditry at the event which was witnessed by heads of security agencies and traditional rulers in the state.