The Katsina State Government have freed six bandits detained by the security agencies as part of deal to secure the release of twenty persons held by the group of bandits terrorising eight local government areas of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dandume, Sabuwa, Faskari, Kankara, Safana, Danmusa, Batsari and Jibiya local government areas in the state have come under intense bandits’ attacks for long.
And the scenario led the state government a week earlier to dialog with bandit leaders, during which they agreed to release some of the bandits retained by security operatives.
Gov. Aminu Masari recalled during the handover of the six bandits that for the last one week, he and Security Chiefs had been visiting the LGAs that shared borders with Rugu forests, which served as a hideout for the bandits.
Masari explained that part of the agreement was the handover of bandits in detention who had not been prosecuted.
According to him, the bandits would in return, handover to government people they kidnapped and were in their custody.
The Governor said the process started on Monday, with the release of five people, two females and three males, while 20 more will be released.He added that many more kidnapped victims would be released as part of the peace deal.
Masari conveyed the hope that the process would be finished in the next one or two days, so the government would begin the second stage of the peace projects that began with his visit to their hideouts.