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Bandits release kidnapped customs officers, asks for peace



Bandits release kidnapped customs officers, asks for peace

Bandits release kidnapped customs officers, asks for peace

Bandits release kidnapped customs officers, asks for peace, The two customs officers kidnapped last
Wednesday by bandits in Katsina State were unconditionally released on Sunday morning.

The Commander of the 17 Brigade of the
Nigerian Army, Katsina, Brig. Gen. Wara Idris broke the news. Idris, in a statement, said apart from releasing
the customs officers unconditionally, the bandits also demanded negotiation with the military on how to end banditry.

The statement read in part, “ The ongoing intensive operations of the OPHD and 8 Division Nigerian Army, which commenced in the past few days with attacks on the hideouts of bandits, have led to the neutralisation of several bandits and forced many of their leaders to seek for peace.

“ The bandits, who earlier kidnapped two
customs officers on January 8, 2020 at
Mallammawa town in the Jibia Local
Government Area of Katsina State have called for peace.

The bandits after testing the might of
the Nigerian military have unconditionally released the two customs officers to the HQ 17 Brigade in the wee hours of Sunday, January 12, 2020.

“ Some leaders of the bandits, who sent
messages through emissaries to the acting General Officer Commanding 8 Division Nigerian Army, have indicated readiness to unconditionally embrace peace.

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“ The military , will continue to remain resolute to ensure the complete disarming of bandits before considering the peace deal , as earlier
announced by the various states in the North-West.

” The Brigade spokesman, Captain Kayode
Owolabi, who also spoke on the incident, said the troops would not rest until Katsina and other states with similar challenges were rid of banditry and similar crimes.

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