Marginalisation, illiteracy fuelling Zamfara banditry – Ex-bandits

Marginalisation of Fulani herdsmen by successive administrations in the area of provision of basic necessities of life as well as illiteracy are major reasons for the increase of armed banditry in Zamfara state, ex-bandits have said.

Speaking on behalf of his fellow ex-bandits in Tsafe local government area of the state, Hassan Dantawaye said the Fulani folks had for long been marginalised.

They spoke at a peace /reconciliation meeting between the aggrieved bandits and Yansakai group.

The truce, moderated by the state’s commissioner of police, Usman Nagoggo, held Monday at the palace of the  emir  in Tasfe, headquarters of the local government area.

He said Fulani herdsmen in the state were law abiding citizens, stating however the previous government deprived them of their legitimate rights to education and peaceful living.

He said the outlawed groups of vigilante took laws into their hands by killing, maiming and looting people’s belongings.

“We are ready to support the current peace/ reconciliation process initiated by the state government in collaboration with commissioner of police for peace to reign in the state,” Hassan stated.

He appealed to the federal and state governments to call the outlawed groups of vigilante, popularly known as Yansakai to order and ask them to desist from killing innocent people.

Dantawaye also called on the federal and state governments to provide the Fulani with basic necessities of life namely;  schools, grazing reserves, hospitals and other logistics so they could enjoy dividends of democracy like other citizens in the state.

In his response, CP Nagoggo, said the peace/ reconciliation meeting was in line with the state government’s determination to ensure residents of the state live peacefully with themselves.

He said whoever breaches the peace would face the law, regardless of his position in the state.

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