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The Secretary to the Government of Niger State (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, has appealed to bandits across the state to surrender their arms and dialogue with the state.
Matane said this in a statement authored by his media aide, Lawal Tanko, on Friday.
The appeal came after Matane on Thursday accompanied Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi to appeal to the terrorists who abducted 42 persons from Government Science College, Kagara on Wednesday morning.
Speaking to the bandits at their meeting point in Dutsen Magaji, Mariga Local Government Area of the Niger, the SSG called on other criminal elements to join in the peace dialogue process.
“In furtherance to the peace dialogue, Ahmed Matane enjoined the Commanders to support Government secure the release of the abducted Passengers of Niger State Transport Authorit and Students of Government Science College, Kagara, adding the unfortunate incidents in recent days call for sober reflection.
“The SSG stressed the need for religious leaders and other stakeholders to embark on how to get the bandits, kidnappers, and cattle rustlers to key into the peace initiatives of the Government,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the terrorists appealed to the state government to assist in the release of their members arrested and detained by security agencies across the state for the peace process to thrive.
A highlight of the meeting was the distribution of Islamic books to the terrorists by Gumi to teach them the doctrine of Islam.