Not all bandits are criminals— Zamfara Governor
Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara state, in a press statement said not all bandits are criminals.
While talking with journalists after his with President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock on Wednesday, Matawalle said some of the “bandits” took the law into their own hands because they were maltreated by some vigilante groups.
According to the Governor,some of the conflicts recorded in the north-west are reprisal attacks by the “bandits” on members of vigilante groups.
“Not all of them are criminals,” he said.
“If you investigate what is happening, and what made them take the laws into their hands, some of them, sometimes were cheated by so-called vigilante groups.
“They normally go to their settlements and destroy property and take their animals. They did not have anyone to speak with, so sometimes, they go for revenge. When the vigilante group attacks them, they go for reprisals.”
“It is important for us as leaders to sit down with them and understand what is the genesis. You can’t just conclude that this person is a criminal,” he said.
“You have to listen to him. What led him to go into such activities? It is not all Fulanis that are criminals,Bellow Matawalle said leaders should get to the genesis of the problem and not conclude that all bandits are criminals.
“Some are good citizens, but due to some situations they took to such criminality but when we had the information, we called their leaders and sat with them, they told us their grudges and we sorted out the way the communities and the Fulanis can resolve their issues without any serious crisis.”