The Zamfara State Government has earmarked a total of N200 million for its amnesty program for ‘repentant’ bandits in 2021.
The figure was contained in the budget details passed by the Zamfara State House of Assembly in December 2020.
In a copy of the budget seen by SaharaReporters, N354 million was also budgeted for projects related to grazing reserves.
The Bello Matawalle-led government had in 2019 entered a peace agreement with bandits.
The governor said negotiation with the gunmen is the best option for lasting peace in the state.
Matawalle while hosting Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-General of Police; Yusuf Bichi, Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS); and other security heads on July 16, 2020 also offered bandits in the state two cows in exchange fir every AK47 rifle surrendered.
He explained that he chose to offer cows because the bandits need the cows to advance their economic interests.
In January, SaharaReporters exposed how 15 brand new Hilux vehicles and cash gifts were given to leaders of different ‘repentant’ banditry groups by Matawalle.