From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
Repented bandits in Zamfara State have killed some of their gang members who defiled the Peace Dialogue initiated by the state government and the Police.
The slain non-compliant members and arms recovered from them have been handed over to the state Police Commissioner.
This was announced by the state Commissioner of Police, CP Usman Nagogo at a press conference in his office in Gusau, the state capital.
He, however, did not give the names of the warring members killed by the repentant bandits.
CP Nagogo said, “The repented bandits from various camps in the state, have unanimously decided to deal with their recalcitrant members who from time to time sneak to continue with criminal activities against the innocent citizens of the state.
“Instances are abound where the bandits killed some recalcitrants among them, recovered their rifles and handed over to the Commissioner of Police. For instance on 25th July, 2019, an AK-47 rifle with 4 rounds of live ammunition was brought to the Commissioner of Police by one of the elders in one of the district in Maru LGA after they have silenced the recalcitrant bandit.
“If not for the intervention of this elder by meeting force with force, the bandit could have robbed unsuspecting victims whose outcome and repercussion cannot be predicted, this, is precisely what has been going on across the forests in efforts by the repented bandits to ensure the peace initiative was sustained.”
He further said that, an AK-47 riffle was also recovered from another strong headed armed bandit who has since paid for the crime he intended to commit. Similarly, another AK-47 rifle was also recovered by one of the bandits in Birnin Magaji from one of his boys who strayed to go and rustle cow using the same AK-47 to carry out the act but was arrested by the master himself.
“Furthermore, the teeming repented bandits were now in a leadership battle with a view to gain opportunity that would lead to preparations towards handing over all their arms to the Police. We are helping the matter as we have already intervened to solve their differences amicably”, the Commissioner has further said.