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Niger government grants amnesty to 13 armed bandits

By News desk

Niger State Government has granted amnesty to 13 suspected armed bandits that were arrested by security operatives along Kontonkoro axis in Magama Local Government Area of the state.

The bandits were released based on the dialogue and peace deal as well as agreement reached by the government and the bandits from the area in August.

The state government also said the peace accord reached had led to a gradual reduction in activities of armed bandits and kidnappings in the area.

Governor Abubakar Bello disclosed this development while delivering a keynote address at the 2nd General Abdulsalami Abubakar Foundation Annual Peace Lecture on Saturday in Minna.

“After hearing them on why they decided to engage themselves in such activities, we had to go into a peace agreement with them in the interest of peace and for them to help us with useful information to tackle spate of insecurity in the state,” Bello  said.

The governor, who noted that they have been cooperating and helping security agencies with useful information on how to identify unrepentant bandits who were still terrorising the state, added that the repentant suspects have been engaged into various trade and skill acquisition programmes,.

He explained that the same approach would be applied with bandits in Pandogari, Allawa and Erena areas of the state.

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