Bandit Commanders Meeting for Peace in Niger

Admin 06-Mar-2021 Nigeria_News

The Commanders of various bandits groups which have been operating in Niger state have met to discuss modalities for a larger meeting with the state government for peace in the state.

The meeting, according to findings, was held at a location Friday in Shiroro local government area of Niger state.

The meeting, said to have been at the instance of one of the Commanders, was attended by bandits in the state.

It was learnt the state government was not represented in the meeting, however.

The state government had said that it would meet with Fulani herdsmen and bandits to deliberate on how to have lasting peace in the state.

The Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matene confirmed that the meeting held but without any representative of the state government adding that the reason why the government was not represented was that they realized that the meeting was purely for the bandits in other locations.

“One of the kingpin commanders called for a meeting to know how they would stretch the hands of dialogue with the state government so that there would be peace in the state.

“It was their meetings and they held it and they talked about how we can have peace in the state. And how the banditry activities in the state will end.

“When they are through with that, we will interface with them again to see some resolutions that government can also leverage,” Matane said.

Matane further said that the state government is still stretching its hands of peace to any of the bandits interested in dropping their arms and embracing a legitimate lifestyle.

He added that this does not mean the government will abandon the carrot and stick approach, “the stick is still there as security agents are doing what they are supposed to do.”

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