Re­pen­tant ban­dits get N500,000, land in Sokoto

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - By Abubakar Auwal, Sokoto

The Sokoto State gov­ern­ment has re­warded 60 ban­dits who de­nounced ban­ditry and sur­ren­dered their weapons.

The re­pen­tant ban­dits were said to have been op­er­at­ing in Isa Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Sokoto State and parts of Zam­fara and Katsina states.

Their re­pen­tance fol­lowed the amnesty pro­gramme of the state gov­ern­ment which in­cludes mon­e­tary re­ward for any ban­dit who vol­un­tar­ily sur­ren­ders his weapon.

The cer­e­mony which took place at Isa Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state, saw each ban­dit, es­pe­cially those who sur­ren­dered so­phis­ti­cated weapons like AK 47, SMG rif­fles and G3 among oth­ers re­ceiv­ing N500,000 with plot of land to build house and farm­land.

Oth­ers that pre­sented lo­cally fab­ri­cated arms re­ceived be­tween N100,000 and N200,000 each with land.

Speak­ing, the Isa zonal leader of the ban­dits, Malam Ab­dul­lahi Ruwa, said they were into ban­ditry be­cause of ig­no­rance, call­ing on gov­ern­ment to build no­madic schools in their lo­cal­i­ties.

Ruwa promised to per­suade oth­ers in the busi­ness to ac­cept the amnesty pro­gramme.

He as­sured gov­ern­ment of their sup­port to main­tain peace in the state.

“We will help the gov­ern­ment to se­cure our state against ban­ditry. We will reach out to oth­ers and per­suade them to sur­ren­der their arms. We will let them know that the amnesty pro­gramme is not a de­ceit as we had per­ceived ear­lier,” he said.

In his re­marks, the Chair­man Isa Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Garba Moyi Isa, com­mended the state gov­ern­ment for ini­ti­at­ing the pro­gramme.

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