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The Zamfara State Government has allegedly earmarked a total of N200 million for its amnesty programme for ‘repentant’ bandits in its 2021 budget.
Sahara Reporters reported the claim in an exclusive report on Thursday.
The online news platform also said the state government budgeted a separate N354 million for projects related to grazing reserves.
The Zamfara State government led by state Governor, Bello Matawalle has advocated and extended peace deals to gun-wielding bandits who many now call terrorists responsible for kidnappings, killings and various forms of insurgency in the state and the region.
The peace deal though supported by some voices like Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi has been criticised by many for giving insurgents who had caused pains to innocent citizens a soft landing.
Last year, Governor Aminu Masari, Matawalle’s counterpart in Katsina State, said his administration had to pull out of the peace deal it had with bandits that had been terrorising residents of the state.
Masari said despite the peace deal, the gunmen continued to carry out attacks with their accomplices from Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger Republic, leading to “indiscriminate killings” and kidnappings in the state.