Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State said his decision to negotiate with bandits have helped reduce consistent attacks from bandits terrorizing the states.
The governor revealed that there are almost 30,000 bandits in 100 camps spread across the forest in Zamfara and five other neighbouring states.
The statement was made by Zamfara commissioner of information.Ibrahim Magaji Dosara,at a briefing in Kaduna.
The reason i went into negotiation with these bandits was that alot of innocent lives were being wasted on a daily bases and their property destroyed,and i want this barbaric acty to stop says Zamfara Governor.
So far so good the negotiation with bandits have helped in deradicalizing some bandits.
He said: “As a result of the dialogue and peace process, over 62 bandits accepted and embraced the peace initiative.
“This is in addition to the release of over 2000 kidnapped victims aided and abetted by the repentant bandits.
“The repentant bandits are also helping in campaigning and convincing those bandits yet to accept the dialogue and reconciliation process to do so.
“They are also helping in the identification of the leaders of the recalcitrant bandits, including their camps and location for dialogue and reconciliation.”