The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has turned down the requests made by bandits and other criminals that the government grants them amnesty, saying we will no longer grant amnesty to bandits in this state.
Matawalle said that the decision to rule out such a window for any repentant bandits and other criminals became necessary after they failed to embrace the peace initiative earlier extended to them by the state government.
He hinted that the appeal by the bandits for amnesty was due to the ongoing attacks launched by the Nigerian Military against their operations which led to shutdown of telecommunication facilities across the state.
The governor, who stated this on Friday after attending the Jumat prayer at the Dalala Mosque in Gusau, the state capital, stated that the bandits, after the new attacks on their hideouts, sent a powerful committee to plead with the government for ceasefire.
The Zamfara governor added that they also requested that the government allow them have access to supply of food and other essential commodities that could aid their survival.
He stressed that the request was turned down immediately, adding “What we are doing to bandits is to send them to God, so they can answer their questions.”
According to the governor, bandits who are currently facing the heat of the superior fire of security operatives have sent some persons to inform him that they have repented.
Matawalle added that the criminals were ready for a dialogue over the security situation in Zamfara, but it was too late for them to have a rethink.
Matawalle, who spoke in Hausa, urged residents to be patient and support the new security measures put in place by the government to flush out bandits and their collaborators, in order for peace to reign across Zamfara.
The governor commended the security agencies for the successes recorded in the ongoing onslaught against the criminals in the state.
He revealed that some of the bandits were running out of Zamfara to other states, as a result of the suffering imposed by the new security measures introduced by the state government to cut off the supply of food, petrol, and other essential commodities to them in the bush.