The Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Hassan Nasiha, on Saturday revealed that bandit kingpin, Bello Turji has embraced peace in the state.
According to Nasiha, Turji embraced the peace initiative of the Zamfara State Government as part of efforts to end banditry.
Nasiha revealed the development during a conference organized by the Students Union Of Medina University.
He further stated that the decision of Turji to embrace peace has brought about peace in the three local government areas affected by banditry.
The Deputy Governor noted that there has not been a clash between the Fulanis and Hausas in Birnin Magaji, Shinkafi and Zurmi Local Government Areas of the State in the last five weeks.
Nasiha said, “there were several wars which fought but that did not stop the parties involved from dialogue to resolve their differences through a peace deal.
“It is in the light of this that governor Bello Mohammed thought it is necessary to use kinetic and non-kinetic approaches. It would not be a gun battle or a war using whatever weapons between the bandits and the people.
“This is why in the last three months at Magami District, there has not been any bandits attack as a result of the peace initiative with the bandits. The Committee met with nine bandits’ camps at Magami and Dansadau Emirate where the bandits raised their concerns.
“They said the Hausas always attacked and raped their women, killing the Fulanis on their way to or returning from the market. There is no school built for our Children, this ignorance pushed them to join in engaging banditry.”
He claimed that Turji is now launching attacks on terrorists for peace to return to the state.
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