The Zamfara State Committee on Prosecutions of Bandits Related Offences says, until Bello Turji, the notorious bandit kingpin publicly surrender his arms and announces his repentance, it will not consider his repentance true.
The Chairman of the Committee, Abdulllahi Shinkafi, who is also from Shinkafi Local Government Area where Turji mostly operates, said for over six months there was no record of attack or mass abduction of persons in the area and other communities in Zurmi Local Government and neighbouring Isa and Sabon Birnin areas of Sokoto State.
He, however, said that the lack of attack does not mean the bandit who unleashed terror and killings in the region has changed for the better.
He was responding to an earlier pronouncement by the Zamfara State Deputy Governor, Senator Hassan Nasiha, that the bandit leader had embraced a peace deal.
He promised not to give in to compromise and be part of peace talks with any bandit, describing the action being taken by many of them as deception.