Niger Govt cannot negotiate with bandits – Lawmakers

Member representing Gummi/Bukkuyum Federal Constituency within the Home of Representatives, Hon. Sulaiman Abubakar Gumi, mentioned the insecurity problem in Zamfara, was attributable to some residents who engaged in cattle rustling and shopping for of rustled cattles at cheaper charges.

He spoke with journalists in Abuja on the state of affairs of issues within the state.

The lawmaker mentioned he was within the entourage of the Islamic clergy, Dr. Seikh Gumi, to the camp of bandits in Zamfara forest the place they opened as much as them that they took to banditry and different types of legal actions as a result of they had been unjustly handled.

Hon. Gumi mentioned he was so involved on the escalation of legal actions to the extent that he couldn’t journey to his place and not using a retinue of safety aides, lamenting that the earlier authorities in Zamfara had coverage on floor that worsened an already dangerous safety state of affairs.

Based on him, he was scared assembly with bandits of their hideouts, whom they interacted with their faces lined, however famous that after the assembly, the entourage reasoned with them that one thing has gone awry which ought to be addressed.

He pointed: “Who’re these folks shopping for the cows? These behind it, they aren’t Fulanis. They’re the folks residing in cities with you. They know these cattle are being rustled and so they nonetheless purchase them as a result of they’re low-cost.

“The place do they take them to? Some take them to the East, some to the West. When a Nigerian is complacent, he’s responsible of the state of affairs.

He defined that Fulani herdsmen who turned victims of cow rustling had been left with nothing; therefore, they’d kidnap anyone for ransom.

“When the matter escalated, they’d kidnap you or any member of your loved ones, you’ll promote homes or lands and convey the cash.

“And there was a coverage that Zamfara authorities put in place then which mentioned, you can not take your cattle wherever for gross sales with out licensing them and due to that, the bandits at the moment resort to kidnapping the daddy of the household or a member of the household and requested you to go and promote your cows and convey the cash as a result of they can’t take it away.

“One other factor we understood from our dialog with them is when a Fulani feels threatened; you kill considered one of them, they kill two, you kill two, they kill thirty in order that they are going to defend themselves. It’s flawed. That’s jungle justice, however that’s what works for them by invading cities.

He mentioned Zamfara State governor thought of negotiation relatively than fight strategy, which he claimed, labored successfully, noting that their go to to the bandits’ camp was to enhance on positive aspects that peaceable dialogue was already bringing on the desk.

“The state of affairs in Zamfara proper now could be getting higher as a result of I do know that generally again, I can’t drive to my constituency with out heavy safety.

“Just lately, we went on tour with Dr. Sheik Gumi and we visited a few of these troubled spots to debate how we are able to strengthen the peace effort of the State governor, Bello Matawalle Maradun.

“My expertise there tells me that these repentant bandits actually need peace.

“They wish to come again and combine into the society and what we have to do is to encourage that.

Talking additional, he mentioned: “A part of the issue they’re saying is that bandits do come from neighbouring States to come back and function and return and anytime they confront them, they are saying, they aren’t a part of the treaty and meaning, there’s a want for a wholistic strategy for an entire area.”

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