Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa, Secretary to the Government of Katsina State, has lamented that majority of repentant bandits betrayed the state after entering peace deal with them.
Katsina Post reports that Inuwa said this in a recent interview with Daily Trust.
The secretary to the state government, who is the chairman of the security committee, said majority of the repentant bandits are not sincere regarding the terms of the peace pact, despite all the state government has done for them.
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He described the peace deal as a temporary relief, and that the only solution to the situation is to fight the bandits.
He said: “In terms of finances and our relationship with the so-called repentant bandits, the result is not what we want. Majority of them are not sincere in respecting the terms of the peace pact. They betray the government in various ways, as far as this agreement is concerned. It is only few of them you can trust. These are the issues, really.
“My greatest issue now has to do with the so-called repentant bandits because we trusted them and supported them in various ways. In the end, they failed us.
“Once you allow these people to possess firearms, there is no way they can stop these things. One person among them could have a battalion of 300 youths, all with firearms. Now, tell me how he can control them, even if you entered into an agreement with him.
“They are used to getting money through the rustling of animals or kidnapping. When they claim to have stopped their nefarious activities, what do they get? Do they continue selling the already stolen animals for survival or what? And you cannot continue to maintain him with 300, 200 or 50 people, depending on the strength and availability of the firearms they have.
“So, honestly, I believe the peace pact between the Katsina State Government and the bandits was a temporary relief. The only permanent solution to this problem is to face them. Government should be decisive and ensure that they surrender all their firearms. And they cannot do this under the so-called peaceful arrangement.
“They have to be forced to do it. The only way to achieve this is by allowing the military to engage them and deal with them decisively.”