Amnesty can be explained as a decision by a government to forgive people who have committed particular illegal acts or crimes and not to punish them.
While it is common practice in various parts of the world to carry out attacks against criminals and their groups, there are situations where the use of force is not advisable, and other means are engaged. You may recall that the government granted amnesty to some militants in the Niger Delta area some years ago.
Banditry is a security challenge experienced in some parts of the country. Security experts have since suggested effective solutions to ending banditry.
Availability of human resources and arms may lead to the consideration of amnesty for bandits. Some experts have pointed out the shortage of human resources and weapons in the fight against insecurity. As a result, there have been calls for more recruitment and training of security officers. Experts have also advised the purchase of more arms. These measures may take time and cost resources, considering the urgency of the security challenges.
The surrender of arms and repentance by bandits is the second reason why amnesty may be offered to bandits. Considering the recent statements by the government officials on the new approach of handling surrendered Boko Haram terrorists, the government may decide to apply similar measured if bandits also give up their arms to the government. Like Boko Haram, the global practice of treating surrendered criminals as prisoners of war may be applied to bandits.
The third reason why amnesty may be offered to bandits is if the Federal government decides to do so. While some state governors have reportedly granted amnesty to bandits in the past, the Federal Government may decide to test the approach. Security heads and government officials have recently reported successes in the new method of handling surrendered Boko Haram terrorists and their families.
These factors may influence the approach towards resolving banditry in the country.
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