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Masari Dumps Negotiation, To Use Force Against Bandits

Aminu Masari, Katsina State governor, has said his administration will no longer negotiate, or hold peace talks with bandits, since they have failed to honour the agreement they signed.

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Masari said the state government signed  agreement with the bandits, and they promised to repent and leave the north-western part of the country.

However, he said the bandits “could not honour the agreement, they betrayed us”.

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Speaking to BBC Hausa in a live Instagram interview, the governor disclosed that some of the bandits are from Zamfara, Kaduna and even Niger Republic.

Masari said he is the first governor to signed agreement with bandits in 2016, and they initially honoured the agreement, before betraying the government recently.

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“We choose to signed peace agreement with the bandits so as to avoid lost of life and properties but it didn’t yield a positive result. This time around we will hand it over to security personnel.

“In our effort to honor the agreement between us, we cancel all vigilantes and volunteer groups and we allow them (bandits) to continue with their normal activities in the state”, he said.

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He called on the federal government to provide adequate security personnel and facilities in the state, so as to succeed in the fight against banditry.

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