Katsina, repentant bandits begin implementation of dialogue agreements
Masari orders release of 2 bandits as gov’t begin implementing peace deals
The Katsina State government and repentant bandits operating in the state on Friday in Geza, Danmusa Local Govern Area of the state, commenced the implementation of the agreements reached during the dialogue initiated by Governor Aminu Bello Masari.
The Governor, who had earlier met another group of bandits and their Fulani leaders at Danmusa and Safana LGAs, announced the immediate release from detention of two arrested bandits as demanded by them.
He also directed the Chairmen of the two Local Government areas to immediately set up a committee each made up of the Chairman of the transition Committee, district heads and representatives of the bandits and the herdsmen to resolve areas of conflicts.
The CTC Chairmen are also expected to ensure that the herdsmen are granted free access to the markets with adequate security protection and that they are allowed to market their cattle.
The governor warned that he would not hesitate to sanction any traditional ruler or transition committee chairman found fueling banditry, kidnappings and other nefarious activities in the state.
He said the state had sustained its reputation as a state of harmony for years despite multiplicity of people and would not allow avoidable security challenges tarnish its reputation and that of the citizenry.
He said it was worrisome that bandits had brought wanton destruction of lives and properties of the citizenry in the state, hence the need for stakeholders not to support the heinous acts of the miscreants.