Armed bandits terrorizing some Local Government Areas and communities in Niger State have promised to release all the kidnapped victims in their captivity.
Naija News reports that the bandits made the promise after a ‘mediation parley’ with a popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Gumi.
This news medium learned that notorious kidnapping warlords such as Dogon Gida, Kachalla, and others attended the reconciliation forum with Gumi.
According to a security source, the bandits expressed willingness to part of any deradicalization exercise or programme that the government will unveil for their repentant ‘boys’.
“The meeting took place at an isolated area inside a forest in the State, yesterday,” the security source reliably informed PRNigeria.
The source said that the bandits told Gumi that they are tired of the atrocities and killing of innocent persons.
“They are not happy that several of their cows have been bombarded, and some stolen by robbers. They alleged that their fellow herdsmen have been killed by some villagers,” he added.
According to the source, who declined to give his name, the bandits took Gumi around some wells where bodies of their Fulani relatives and family members, killed in aerial bombardments, were dumped.
“They also let Sheikh Gumi know that vigilantee members in some communities always attack their Fulani relatives and family members, whenever they sight them going to markets and towns,” he said.