Talks With Bandits Similar To Dialogue With Niger Delta Militants –IG

IGP Mohammed Adamu

SAN FRANCISCO, September 20, (THEWILL) – The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has backed the ongoing negotiations between northern state governors and bandits, saying they were “peace initiatives” that yielded results.

THEWILL recalls that the governors of Katsina and Zamfara states have been negotiating with the bandits terrorising communities in their states.

In the course of the dialogues, bandits make open confessions of the killings they carried out and submit their arms to the governors as a mark of repentance.

In return, the bandits demand the release of their colleagues by security agencies in exchange for captives in their custody and walk home free.

Adamu made this known after a security meeting in Abuja adding that the crime rate in the country had dropped “drastically” in the third quarter of the year, when compared with the second quarter, spoke

The IG and the security chiefs had met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Thursday before Adamu emerged from the meeting to brief State House correspondents.

“In peace initiatives, you give something to get something. If dialogue can produce results, why do you want to use force,” the IG said.

Adamu compared the negotiations in the North-West to what happened years back in the Niger Delta, saying, “If you remember, some years back, we were having issues in the Niger Delta and those issues, kinetic actions could not solve the problem until amnesty and peace initiatives came up.