Not All Bandits Are Criminals – Governor Bello Matawalle




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According Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state, not all bandits are criminals, some are victims of circumstances.

The governor stated this after President Buhari at the , Abuja today February 18.

He explained that most of the bandits take arms due the injustice meted on them by some of society.

“Not all of them are criminals. If you investigate what is happening, and what made them take the laws into their hands, some of them, sometimes were cheated by so-called the vigilante group.

They normally go to their settlements and destroy property and take their animals. They did not have anyone to speak , so sometimes, they go for revenge. When the vigilante group attacks them, they go for reprisals. That is exactly what happened

Some of them are living in settlements close to villages or towns. When there are , the military will go and destroy their property and animals. They are angry such actions sometimes. If you are talking to them, you can understand where they are coming from and their problems.

It is important for us as to sit down with them and understand what is the genesis. You can’t just conclude that this person is a criminal. You have to listen to him. What led him to go into such activities?

It is not all Fulanis that are criminals. Some are good , but due to some circumstances, they subscribed to such criminality but when we had the information, we called their and sat with them, they told us their grudges and we sorted out the way the communities and the Fulanis can resolve their without any serious crisis.”he said.

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