Bandits in Gummi Local Government Area of Zamfara State have chosen to make peace by conforming to a peace discuss initiated by the State Government.
This was disclosed yesterday (September 16) by Muhammad Bello, one of the repentant bandits, during a meeting at Gummi Emir’s palace.
Before now, Gummi Local Government was with fewer security threats until recently when bandits began fueling some communities with attacks.
The meeting which was conducted by the Peace Dialogue and Reconciliation Committee was chaired by the state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Usman Nagogo.
Bello assured that the bandit groups would adhere to all that was discussed and agreed upon with the State Government at the peace dialogue.
“We have met with those bandit groups responsible for terrorising communities in this local government area. They agreed to stop the attacks.
“I am assuring you that, as we succeeded in other local areas, we are going to record similar success in Gummi Local Government Area.
Bello noted that although there were some difficulties in identifying the problem here in Gummi, an agreement was reached with all warring parties and all of them agreed to live peacefully with each other.
Speaking on the recent bandit attacks, the Emir of Gummi, retired Justice Lawal Hassan said the area had been peaceful for over six years before the recent breakout of bandits.
“It is very unfortunate that there are some groups of bandits responsible for the recent attacks on our communities purportedly retaliating the killing of their parents.
“As traditional rulers, we are working with government and security agencies to provide lasting solutions to these challenges.
“We thank God for this peace dialogue initiated by the state government, we are ready to cooperate with government and security agencies to ensure lasting peace in the state,” the emir explained.
In reacting to the situation, the Commissioner of Police, Usman Nagogo said that the peace dialogue was fruitful.
He expressed gratitude to both warring parties for agreeing to make peace.
He appealed to people of the state to continue to cooperate with the government and security agencies to maintain peace and stability in the state.