Members of the Zamfara State House of Assembly are opposing a reported intention to negotiate with bandits in the state.

This was contained in a statement released by the House Chief Press Secretary, Bello Kurya Madora.

According to the statement, advocating for peace talks and reconciliation with bandits would not effectively resolve the security challenges.

The lawmakers expressed concern that such calls were motivated by political and self-serving interests.


The decision to oppose negotiations with bandits stemmed from a Notice of Public Importance presented by the Majority Whip, representing Anka, Honourable Rilwanu Marafa Nagambo.

He highlighted reports suggesting that certain individuals were engaging in negotiations with bandits under the guise of a peace agreement, primarily for political motives.

In response, the Majority Whip urged fellow lawmakers to alert both state and federal authorities, as well as relevant security agencies, to take decisive action against those involved in negotiating with bandits.

The lawmakers also criticized individuals claiming to be authorized by the federal government to negotiate with bandits, viewing it as a further challenge to state governance.

After thorough deliberations, Speaker Right Honourable Bi’yaminu Ismail Moriki announced the House’s unanimous condemnation of the purported negotiation plans.

The House resolved to alert both state and federal governments, as well as security agencies, to take appropriate measures against such unpatriotic politicians.