Repentant bandits get N500,000, land in 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.