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Repentant bandits are Nigerians, we can’t throw them away — FG

THE Federal Government says repentant bandits are Nigerians and it will not shut the door against them.

Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, stated this when he appeared on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, last night.

The minister said the window is still open for bandits to surrender and be reintegrated into the larger society.

He stressed that repentant bandits are Nigerian citizens and the Federal Government has a responsibility to reintegrate them “peacefully and honourably into the society”.

The minister said, “When you talk of amnesty, it is a relative term and what the Federal Government is trying to say is that, let us see those who have surrendered their arms, let us listen to them, let us chronicle them, let us receive them, we cannot just throw these people away because they are all Nigerians.

“Of course, they are criminals, they have committed atrocities, they have committed crimes, but according to the international laws, when you surrender from a war zone, you are not killed, you are not maimed, you are allowed to have your say.

“We are listening to them to see how we can integrate them into the larger society.”

Speaking on the ongoing onslaught against bandits in the North West, particularly Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto states, Dingyadi said the government will continue to record successes as long as there is synergy among security agencies.

“You are going to see more successes coming up in the next couple of days. The security forces are working more on the precision of their intelligence and the sophistication of their equipment to achieve greater victory against the marauders,” he added.

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