Nigeria’s Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, has stated ‘repentant’ bandits should be reintegrated into society as a result of they’re Nigerian residents.
Dingyadi spoke on Tuesday throughout an interview on Channels Television, which was monitored by SaharaReporters.
Some Boko Haram terrorists terrorising the North-East and bandits terrorising terrorising North-West Nigeria have been surrendering their weapons and given amnesty, a transfer that has attracted public criticism.
Answering questions in regards to the window of alternative accessible to ‘repentant’ bandits, the minister stated since they’re Nigerians and have surrendered their weapons, they’re free to rejoin society.
He stated, “When you discuss of amnesty, it’s a relative time period and what the Federal Government is attempting to say is ‘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. What we are trying to do is to get them settled in their various communities, to let them have a kind of means of livelihood so that they can integrate peacefully and honourably into the society.”
Speaking further, the minister noted that “anybody willing to surrender and do it honourably and honestly, government is ready to listen, government is ready to see what they can do to settle them down without much cost.
“As a nation we have responsibilities to our citizens, to integrate them with the little that we can afford to give them and we will continue to monitor what they are doing in their various communities to ensure that they don’t return to their outdated days of armed banditry and all of them. We will monitor them and be sure that they don’t return to their unhealthy outdated days of armed banditry and kidnapping.”
Recently, the governor of Katsina, one of many states largely affected by banditry, Aminu Masari expressed regrets that he gave bandits amnesty, stating that he was incorrect to have believed that they repented years again.
According to Masari, the amnesty he granted bandits in 2016 ought to by no means have occurred.
“The only thing I say is with the benefits of hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it because at that time when we started in 2016, there were leaders. But gradually, all the leaders were eliminated. That was the failure of the first round,” he stated.