- Miyetti Allah joins negotiation team with bandits
The Zamfara State bandits leader, Dogo Gide, who controls the southern part of Zamfara forest, has given assurance that the kidnapped officials and pupils would soon be released.
Gide made the promise when he met with the officials of the Niger State Government under the intervention of a prominent Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi in Dutsin Magaji of Kotonkoro forest on Friday.
Gide said though the abductees were not in his camp, he would nevertheless negotiate with his fellow bandits to hasten their release.
He assured that all the abducted persons, including those kidnapped by bandits in Zamfara State or any other neighbouring states of Niger, Kebbi and Kaduna would be released soon.
Gide explained that the Fulani were under pressure from all angles, “that was why most of them have been left with no option but to carry arms and also engage in banditry activities.”
He also promised to accept the peace deal preached by Sheikh Gumi provided the governors were really serious about the issue.
But the Special Adviser to Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State on Communications, Media and Publicity, Alhaji Zailani Bappa, said he was not aware of any arrangements between the state government and Niger State on the issue.
Meanwhile, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association has joined the negotiation team with the bandits in an effort to rescue the kidnapped teachers and students of Government Science College Kagara in Niger State.
A competent source disclosed that the National President of the association, Alhaji Kiruwa Zuru, is now part of the negotiation team.
According to the source, the national president was allegedly invited by the Niger State Government to serve as a mediator between the bandits and the state.
The source said, “Ardon Zuru is highly respected by the bandits. They listen to him and as such, we are confident that the negotiation will soon come to an end and the abducted persons will soon regain freedom.”
He also stated that Zuru was part of the negotiation team that rescued the students of Government Science College, Kankara in Katsina State recently abducted by the bandits.
Efforts to talk to Zuru failed as he did not pick up the calls to his mobile. He had also yet to respond to text messages sent to him.
Also, a competent source also informed one of our correspondents that there was heavy security within the Kotonkoro Forest as several security personnel were drafted to ensure the release and safe return of the kidnapped teachers and students.
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