Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello has disclosed that repentant bandits tricked them and took money from the dialogue option and used it to buy more weapons.
The governor made the submission when he granted a meeting with a vigilante group at Mariga LGA of Niger state. He revealed that his outfit will no longer provide cash as an enticing factor to repentant bandits who want to change their way of life.
In his words:
“I am here to thank the vigilantes, boost their morale and to offer more support from the state government so that they can continue to support the police and other security agencies in the fight against bandits and other criminal tendencies.
“Any bandit that surrenders his weapons and repents from his heinous way of living would be forgiven, and provided with a means of livelihood which would not necessarily include any cash backing.
“From experience, it has been discovered that the repentant bandits, after collecting cash from the dialogue option, they will purchase more weapons and return to their old ways of banditry.”