The Governor made this known to the media during a meeting he had with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the Director General of the DSS, Yusuf Bichi with other intelligent units of the Military present.
Governor Bello Matawalle revealed that the choice of rewarding the bandits with cows for submitting their weapons (AK-47), came out of the idea that giving monetary rewards could see them repurchase their weapons, and so it was safer to reward them with an asset valuable to them but not money.The Governor also informed every repentant bandit to exit from their camps in the forest and be reintegrated into the society, which was an option for them. Another option was for them to get economic empowerment and live a new life in any place of their choice, but not in the forest.
The Governor said these plans were to help the bandits as they are predominantly fulani and said that this was the reason behind the establishment of the RUGA campaign.
If these talks are successful, then there would be a major step to securing the peace and safety of the North Western side of the country, returning sleeps to the eyes of many parents who had previously been left with the option of fleeing or fighting back when they were attacked by bandits.
For me, it is a good decision by the government of the State and can go a long way to helping them secure the peace and harmony they have since been longing for, and taking experience from the Niger Delta militants amnesty that was done during the ex President Musa Yaradua's tenure, which helped to secure and stop the kidnappings and terrorism in the South Eastern part of the country. Amnesty has worked before, and no doubt it can work again.
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