Bandits Kingpins beg for amnesty amidst consistent air raids

Unable to withstand the ongoing and sustained aerial bombardments by men of the Nigerian Air Force on their locations and hideouts some notorious bandit kingpins in North-Western states of Nigeria have requested for dialogue and amnesty from the government.

Intelligence sources told PRNigeria that bandit kingpins in Katsina and Zamfara states sent delegations to a meeting held at Gusami Village in Birnin Magaji Local Government Area in Zamfara.

The meeting had in attendance some of the kingpins and their representatives including Usman Ruga Kachallah, Alaji Shingi, Lauwali Dumbulu, Shehu Bagiwaye, Sehu Karmuwal and Jarmi Danda.

The source said: “They met towards uniting their forces and opt for peace with the government after suffering major casualties from military attacks. They promised to surrender their weapons for a peace deal.

“They also expressed their regret that while they are ready to embrace peace with the new administrations in their respective states, their morale has been dampened by the continuous attacks from the Nigerian Airforce that targeted their homes, families, animals and storages.”

In their latest meeting, it was gathered that the bandit leaders agreed to key into peace initiatives by surrendering parts of their weapons to the government forces while they bury some pending when all the kingpins in other locations would also do so.

According to the source, the bandit leaders insisted that they had to keep some of their weapons for fear that other bandit leaders in parts of Zamfara, Sokoto and border areas with Niger Republic might come and attack them afterwards.

They also requested that officials of recognised and registered Fulani groups, like Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) can be involved in brokering the peace process and the Amnesty Programme.

NAF Jets bomber had targeted the hideouts of Zamfara Bandits’ Warlord, Dankarami, last week and eliminated scores of the terrorists.

Another separate military air interdiction also targeted the enclave of Ado Aliero, also a terrorist kingpin in Zamfara, near Asola Mountain in Tsafe local government, killing over a dozen armed bandits.

The Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji have recently been heightened in the North West, as part of efforts to ride the region of terrorists and their activities.

Some of the recent air strikes were conducted in various locations in Zurmi, Tsafe, Faskari and Jibia Local Government Areas (LGA) in Zamfara and Katsina States.

By PRNigeria