Despite repentance, the Federal Government will not shut the door on bandits.
On Tuesday night, Muhammad Dingyadi, the Minister of Police Affairs, said this on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
There is still time for bandits to surrender and be reintegrated into society, according to the minister.
Repentant bandits are Nigerian citizens, and the Federal Government has a responsibility to reintegrate them “peacefully and honorably” into society.
According to him, amnesty is relative, and what the government is trying to say is that we should look at those who have surrendered their arms, listen to them, chronicle their experiences, and receive them; we cannot throw them away because they are all Nigerians.
“They are criminals, they have committed atrocities and crimes, but according to international law, when you surrender from a war zone, you are not killed, you are not maimed, you get to speak.
We are listening to them to find out how we can integrate them into society as a whole.”
As part of the ongoing onslaught against bandits in the North West, particularly in Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto, Dingyadi said there will be more successes as long as security agencies work together.
“You will see more victories coming your way in the next couple of days. Our security forces are enhancing the precision of their intelligence and the sophistication of their equipment to defeat the marauders,” he said.