The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello has revealed how some contrite outlaws deluded the public authority into gathering cash to purchase more weapons for their activities.
He made the exposure at a conference with a vigilante bunch at Mariga Nearby Government Region of the State, yesterday.
The Governor, however, assured that bandits who give up their old ways, would be offered a means of livelihood without financial backing.
According to Bello: “I am here to thank the vigilantes, boost their morale and to offer more support from the state government so that they can continue to support the police and other security agencies in the fight against bandits and other criminal elements.
“Any bandit that surrenders his weapons and repents from his heinous way of living would be forgiven, and provided with a means of livelihood which would not necessarily include any cash backing.
“From experience, it has been discovered that the repentant bandits, after collecting cash from the dialogue option, they will purchase more weapons and return to their old ways of banditry.”
Just three days ago, armed bandits had abducted about 49 people in Rafi and Wushishi Local Governments Areas of the state.
The scoundrels were said to have attacked the zone on cruisers and stopped far away from the town, while they strolled to the town to assault inhabitants who were sleeping soundly.