Bandit Kingpins Plead for Amnesty and Peace Talks in North-West Nigeria


In the face of relentless aerial bombardments on their hideouts and positions by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), notorious bandit kingpins operating in the North-Western States of Nigeria have expressed their willingness to engage in dialogue with the government and seek amnesty.

According to a reliable source, the bandit leaders emphasized their need to retain some of their weapons, as they fear potential retaliatory attacks from other bandit leaders in parts of Zamfara and Sokoto States, including areas along the border with Niger Republic.

In their plea, the bandit kingpins have also requested the involvement of recognized and registered Fulani groups, such as the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), in mediating the peace process and implementing the Amnesty Programme.

Recently, Nigerian Military airstrikes have successfully neutralized a significant number of foot soldiers belonging to the notorious bandit kingpin, Dankarami. Additionally, a separate military air interdiction targeted the stronghold of Ado Aliero, another terrorist kingpin in Zamfara, located near Asola Mountain in Tsafe local government area of the State, resulting in the elimination of over a dozen armed bandits.

The Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji has intensified its bombardment efforts in the North-West, as part of a comprehensive strategy to eradicate terrorist activities in the region. Recent airstrikes have been conducted in various locations within the Zamfara and Katsina States, including Zurmi, Tsafe, Faskari, and Jibia local government areas (LGAs).

The bandit kingpins’ plea for amnesty and dialogue represents a significant development in the ongoing efforts to bring peace and stability to the troubled North-Western region of Nigeria.

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