The news reaching Basklifenews is that the “Commanders of various bandits groups operating across Niger state have held a meeting to deliberate on how to hold peace dialogue with the state government.” According to The Nation, the meeting was held yesterday in Shiroro Local Government Area, Niger State.
While confirming the holding of the meeting without attendance of any government representative, the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matene said:
“One of the kingpin commanders called for a meeting to know how they would stretch the hands of dialogue with the state government so that there would be peace in the state.
“It was their meetings and they held it and they talked about how we can have peace in the state. And how the banditry activities in the state will end.
“When they are through with that, we will interface with them again to see some resolutions that government can also leverage.”