Bandits in Gummi Local Government Area of Zamfara have agreed to embrace the peace dialogue and reconciliation initiated by the state government.
One of the repentant bandits’ leaders Muhammad Bello stated this at Gummi Emir’s palace on Monday during a reconciliation meeting between warring parties in the area.
The meeting was organized by the Peace Dialogue and Reconciliation Committee headed by the state Commissioner of Police, CP Usman Nagogo.
Bello said all the bandit groups terrorising the area had been identified and engaged by the state government in the ongoing peace and reconciliation initiative.
“We have met with those bandit groups responsible for terrorising communities in this local government area. They agreed to stop the attacks”.
Earlier, the Emir of Gummi, retired Justice Lawal Hassan said the area had been witnessing peace and stability for over six years until recently.
“It is very unfortunate that there are some group of bandits responsible for the recent attacks on our communities purportedly retaliating the killing of their parents”. He noted.
Justice Lawal Hassan said “As traditional rulers, we are working with government and security agencies to provide lasting solutions to these challenges”.
In his remark, the Commissioner of Police, Nagogo described the meeting as fruitful.
He thanked the warring parties for attending the meeting and agreeing to accept peace.
CP Nagogo said that the state had recorded tremendous peace since the establishment of the Peace, Dialogue and Reconciliation Committee.
He appealed to people of the state to continue to cooperate with the government and security agencies to maintain peace and stability in the state.
At the end of the meeting, all the warring factions agreed to live peacefully with one another in their respective communities.