We spent N32m on amnesty programme for bandits – Katsina gov’t
The Katsina state government says it spent about a total cumulative sum N32 million on its amnesty programme for repentant bandits and cattle rustlers.
Mustapha Inuwa, secretary to the state government (SSG), said this on Monday during a press conference.
According to him, the fund was spent on paying N10,000 as transport fare for the bandits and officials of the amnesty program meetings and buying of weapons from the repentant bandits and cattle rustlers, in order to disarm and discourage them from the ugly act.
However, Mr. Inuwa said no any State government officials were given a dime during the whole processes.
“We spent about N30 million on amnesty programme. And of recent, we collected another N20 million out of which we spent only about N2 million after the programme collapsed,” Inuwa said.
“We asked experts to assess the cost of a particular rifle before we gave money to the rifle’s owner.”
Inuwa said the unspent fund was returned to the government treasury on several occasions.
The state government had initiated amnesty programme and peace accord with repentant cattle rustlers and bandits, to ensure peace across the state.
But Aminu Masari, the governor, announced that his administration had pulled out of the peace deal with bandits as a result continued attacks on communities in the state.
Masari said the state government would never enter into any peace agreement with bandits again.