Idibia Gabriel Kano
Kano State Government has granted amnesty to 39 cattle rustlers in the state amidst rumbles and grumbles by villagers who described the rustlers as criminals.
Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who announced the amnesty however said that government provide amnesty to the rustlers “provided they repented before being apprehended by security agencies”.
The repented criminals where until recently among those supposedly involved in cattle rustling, kidnapping and other crimes within Falgore forest in the state.
The remorseful persons independently and separately submitted themselves to the member representing Sumaila constituency in the state House of Assembly, Alh. Zubairu Hamza Massu, who in turn handed them over to the state Police Command.
All of the 39 persons publicly signed an agreement with the state government, facilitated by the state Ministry of Justice, that they would on no account revert to crime and would remain law abiding members of the society, engaging themselves in legal activities.
Addressing the repentant rustlers at a well attended ceremony at Massu, Sumaila local government area, the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje announced that government would provide amnesty to rustlers “provided they repented before being apprehended by security agencies”.
He noted that the activities of the rustlers such as rape, killings, abduction and banditry have paralyzed economic activities in communities, particularly Sumaila and Doguwa local government areas.
He stated that his administration “is working out modalities to train and empower the repentant criminals so that they would become productive citizens and re-integrate fully into the society”.
While congratulating the apologetic criminals for changing their ways, he advised community members to embrace them as brothers and to help them build a better future, as men of honour.
Governor Ganduje commended the state Police Command who with the support of vigilantes and community leaders, are working relentlessly to rid Falgore and Gomo forests of criminals, thereby paving way for peace and return of hitherto sacked communities.
The state Commissioner of Police, Alh. Muhammad Musa Katsina noted that the criminals , “having realized the superior engagement power of the Police, were left with no option but to surrender”.
He said from September, 2015 to date, his men have arrested about 253 bandits and recovered over 4,000 cattle, several domestic animals and assorted weapons while 11 bandits were killed.
The CP used occasion to present to the governor two cattle rustlers from Zamfara and Bauchi states who were recently arrested in the state.
Highlights of the occasion include presentation of a Golf saloon car, purchased by the member representing Sumaila constituency, Zubairu Hamza Massu, and donated to Inspector Sani Lion of the state Police Command, for his resilience and gallantry in dealing with crime in Gomo town.
Main while Nigeria pilot learnt from insider that villagers and victim of the criminals are unhappy with amnesty granted the people who have kept the local governments under siege for years by the governor without compensation.