Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has urged Nigerians to appreciate his administration’s peace and dialogue initiative in the quest to curb banditry and insecurity.
The governor noted this when he received another group of repentant bandits in the state late Thursday.
Governor Matawale believes his reconciliation and dialogue initiative is for the benefit of the country and not Zamfara State alone while insisting that not all Fulanis are criminals, the governor said some of them have been pushed to criminality.
Some of the weapons and ammunition surrendered by the repentant bandits include seven AK-47, two general-purpose machine guns, one rocket-propelled grenade launcher, several live ammunitions and anti-craft ammunitions.
As the government seeks to tackle criminality, more bandits have been surrendering their weapons and ammunition and embraced the peace initiative of the northwestern state.
On Tuesday, seven repentant bandits surrendered their weapons to the government and vowed to abandon their former ways.
They also welcomed the reconciliation process, released eight kidnapped victims who are mostly women.
The governor while receiving the seven repentant bandits and eight women who were kidnapped, thanked God for the successes recorded in the fight against banditry in the state.