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Governor Masari vows never to negotiate with bandits

The governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari has vowed never negotiate with bandits following their failure to honour agreements held with them.

Governor Masari took the decision while speaking to BBC Hausa in a live Instagram interview on Wednesday.

Masari said his decision was based on the renewed attacks, kidnapping and cattle rustling by bandits in the state.

He recalled that the bandits signed a peace agreement with the state government where they pledged stop banditry, but said: “They could not honour the agreement; they betrayed us.”

He said: “We choose to sign the peace agreement with the bandits so as to avoid loss of lives and property, but it didn’t yield a positive result. This time around we will hand it over to security personnel.

“In our effort to honour the agreement between us, we cancelled all vigilantes and volunteer groups and we allowed them (bandits) to continue with their normal activities in the state.”

Speaking further on the botched amnesty programme extended to the bandits, he continued:

“We went through with the amnesty programme because we wanted peace to reign in the state and we did all that within our limited resources to see the initiative succeeded, but peace has continued to elude the state.”

He noted that recently the state government asked for the federal government’s assistance, which led to major military operation to combat the bandits.

According to him, the military operation, which includes Nigeria Air Force (NAF) personnel, has at least five fighter jets that operate between Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto states.

The military operation wasn’t quite successful, he said, because the security operatives lacked equipment.

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