Repentant Bandits Receives Hilux Vehicles, Millions of Naira.
The Governor, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State, has shared about fifteen brand new Hilux vehicles to leaders of different repentant bandits in the state.
According to SaharaReporters, the state Governor also shared millions of naira to the repentant bandits as compensation.
Matawalle-led government in 2019 entered a peace agreement with bandits in the state, but despite the peace agreement, gunmen are still attacking communities in the state.
A top military officer who spoke with the news platform noted that some bandits now carry out attacks with some of the vehicles given to them by the Zamfara Governor.
The officer said:
“Those bandits have different group, so if they say they repent, the governor will give them a Hilux vehicle but unfortunately they are now using the vehicles to carry out attacks.”
“On Sunday, they attacked Jankara but were resisted by the local vigilantes, so they fled and left one of those Hilux vehicles and the motorcycles they came with behind.”
“It’s so sad, he called it a peace and reconciliation program, but all you need to be rich now in Zamfara is to take up arms against the people.”
A committee that was put in place to investigate insecurity in the region, headed by Mohammed Abubakar, disclosed that Zamfara State between June 2011 and May 2019, has seen 4,983 women left without a husband; 25,050 children orphaned, and more than 190,000 people were displaced as a result of armed banditry.