Insecurity: Bandits surrender arms in Niger

By Tina George, Minna

#TrackNigeria Bandits in Kotonkoro, Mariga local government area state have surrendered their arms and renounced kidnapping and , Niger state Governor, Alhaji Sani Bello disclosed on Saturday.

The governor also said he state government had released 13 bandits who were detained as part of peace pact with those terrorizing the state.

Sani Bello who presented the released bandits during the 2nd General Abdulsalam Annual Peace lecture in Minna said that government was dialoguing with commenders of other bandits in other parts where their operations are intense.

“Here I you, these men, whatever name you call them, engaged in dialogue with them, they have mentioned their grievances and tried our best meet some of them.”

He said that due to the concern over the increased activity of the bandits across the state, the government decided to enter into dialogue with the commanders adding that the dialogue has so far been successful.

“To this end, a peace pact with them and we are ready to enforce our side of the fact. They are also ready to respect their part of the pact.

“A spate of successes has been recorded so far through the dialogue initiative government adopted, confidence in the adopted measure as the best way around the situation.”

The Governor then said that dialogue is still ongoing with bandits in Erena, Rafi, and Kontagora local governments to ensure peace in the state. 

He stressed the need to use dialogue as a way to promote peace in the stating that military solution is not the best way of resolving the crisis. 

“Military solution is not always the best way of resolving the crisis. Dialogue provides for a win-win situation. We need to use dialogue more as a way to promote peace in the and there is no need for a military solution.”