The Zamfara State Government has said it is making efforts to build Ruga settlements for repentant bandits in some States.
The Special Adviser to the governor on Public Enlightenment, Media and Publicity, Zailani Baffa, said, “Following the amnesty arrangement, the State government has since last year granted amnesty to some bandits who were in detention at various Correctional Centres in the State just as the bandits also released some people they have kidnapped.
He further said that it already granted amnesty to all the repentant bandits who surrendered their weapons and embraced peace accord initiated by the State governor, Bello Matawalle.
He stated that following the tour to the state by Sheikh Ahmad Gummi, there were so many bandits who were willing to repent and join the peace accord embarked upon by the governor.
He added, “All the State government needs from the Federal Government is deployment of more security personnel to the state so that we can fight those recalcitrant bandits who are not ready to surrender.”
He stressed that the governor had constitutional rights to enter into dialogue with the bandits, just as he had the right to grant them amnesty.
“We have gone far in this arrangement and it is yielding positive results”, Baffa further stated.