Peace deal: Katsina Bandits release 5 kidnapped persons after dialogue with Governor
As the peace and amnesty program of the Katsina State began to yield result, some repentant bandits have released five persons including women in their custody and that they have already been reunited with their family.
This was disclosed by the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari on Monday while he was speaking in Baranda village of Batsari Local Government Area during a reconciliation meeting with the bandits.
The governor, therefore, urged residents of the state to allow the repentant bandits carry out their commercial activities in markets across the state.
“Five people including three women that were kidnapped by the bandits have been released by them.
“Three women left my house this morning (Monday) to their houses. And the bandits also promised to free the remaining people in their custody,” Governor Masari said.
He however directed security agencies in the state to protect the lives and properties of the citizenry residing in rural settlements and urged them to shun extortion.
In his remarks, the state Commissioner of Police Sanusi Buba urged the bandits terrorizing innocent citizens in the state to surrender their weapons and work with security agencies to maintain peace or face the wrath of the law.
Katsina Post however learned that Dangote and Dankarami, which are the strongholds of bandits in Batsari Local Government, were absent at the reconciliation meeting because “they are at loggerhead with each other”.