The Governor of Niger State Abubakar Sani Bello, has stated that persons under the guise of being repentant bandits had tricked the state into gifting them sums which were used to purchase more weapons.
Mr. Sani-Bello revealed this while speaking on Thursday to a vigilante group at Mariga local government. The governor revealed that the state government had stopped all forms of dialogues with bandits owing to their trickery.
”From experience, it has been discovered that the repentant bandits, after collecting cash from the dialogue option, they will purchase more weapons and return to their old ways of banditry.”
”Any bandit that surrenders his weapons and repents from his heinous way of living would be forgiven and provided with a means of livelihood which would not necessarily include any cash backing.”
Governor Sani-Bello also added that local vigilantes would be provided with automatic Pump Action Guns among other sophisticated weapons.