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Northern governors planning amnesty with armed bandits - Masari gives details

- After a five-hour security council meeting, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina discloses that he is working with other governors to provide amnesty for armned bandits in the north west

- Masari, who believes the zone is one of the worst hit by activities of bandits, says a united approach to the challenge would help to resolve it

- The governor stresses, however, that for the end of banditry in the zone, dialgue should also be adopted by his colleagues in Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi and Kaduna

The governor of Katsina state, Aminu Bello Masari, said on Thursday, July 18, that he and his colleagues in the north west zone are working towards amnesty for bandits in the sub-region.

Masari, Vanguard reports, noted that the zone is one of the worst hit by killings and insecurity perpetrated by armed bandits and that the area needs peace urgently.

Speaking with journalists in Katsina, after the state’s security council meeting which lasted for five hours, Masari said a united approach is necessary to end banditry in the zone.

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He said apart from amnesty, he was working with the governors to establish an opportunity for dialogue with the armed bandits.

“Part of what we discussed in the meeting is the effect of what is going on in Zamfara state and how it affects Katsina state because, right now, Zamfara is in the process of making what they call dialogue which we did some years ago.

“We started it in Katsina but we realised that for it to be successful, it has to be done in Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi and Kaduna states.

“So, without collective approach to the issue of amnesty in the north west, I don’t think it would work because, we are in a better position to say it because, we have previous experience,” he said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reports that the governor of Kano, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on Thursday, July 18, inaugurated a 16-man committee for the establishment of RUGA in the state.

In collaboration with Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Ganduje believes that the government and the state can take advantage of the Ruga settlement to advance its economy.

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