From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
A bandits leader in Katsina State, Alhaji Idris Miyaye has disclosed that it was injustice meted on Fulani herdsmen that pushed them into banditry.
Miyayi made the disclosure while speaking with our correspondent aside a meeting held between the bandits and communities in Dandume and Sabuwa local government areas of Katsina State.
The leader particularly decried the detention of two of their leaders, Alhaji Ibrahim Nakutama and Alhaji Lawal Baldu who according to him have been unjustifiably detained for close to three years.
He stressed that any peace initiative without the release of these two leaders was bound to fail, adding that their release would cement the ongoing peace initiatives in the area.
Similarly, Miyaye further disclosed that they also have countless of relatives in detention across several prisons in the state, alleging that most of them were detained for up to eight years without trial.
Also in an interview, one of the bandit’s commander in the area,
Alhaji Shehu, narrated to our correspondent how some persons connived with security agents to allegedly collect N300,000. from him after framing his brother of robbery.
Alhaji Yahaya another bandit’s leader lamented on how they were robbed of 380 cows and 300 Sheep allegedly by a committee on farmers/Fulani clash in according to him connivance with some security agents.