By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Zamfara Governor, Bello Matawalle, has disclosed that he had advised Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, to negotiate with bandits who abducted some staff and students of Government Science College, Kagara, in Niger State.
Matawalle, who made the remark following a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House on Wednesday, added that negotiation was not a sign of weakness, but a conflict resolution strategy.
“I have advised the Governor of Niger to meet with all stakeholders and find out the root cause of the crisis so as to initiate dialogue and ensure reconciliation. That is the only way to achieve what I have been able to achieve in my State.
“Most of the criminals that caused trouble in Zamfara were not from my State. Two months ago, we had some repentant bandits who surrendered their weapons. One was from Yobe, two from Kaduna, two from Niger; so, you see, it is a gang.”
Staff, students and family members of the Government Secondary School, Kagara in Niger State, were abducted by bandits on Tuesday. The federal government said there are political and military options on the table.