No fewer than 750 cattle rustlers, bandits and kidnappers in Kaduna have repented and seeked forgiveness just as they swore oaths with the Holy religious books not to engage in criminal activities again.
Recall that, the latest ceremony is coming two weeks after another set of 400 bandits and kidnappers similarly swore oaths renouncing crime.
Briefing Journalists in Kaduna, after the ceremony, the Kaduna State commissioner of police, Austin Iwar, said the repentant criminals took advantage of the window of opportunity opened by the government and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
Iwar explained that apart from renouncing violence,the repentant criminals will also hand in their weapons to government.
Iwar said, “I assure you very soon we will begin to recover most of these arms, as some of them have volunteered to handover their arms back, but not in public.
“One of the strategies we decided to adopt is to see how we can get across to some communities leaders in the context of community policing programme we are doing.
“If you want to solve a problem you have to work with people that created the problem; we also held series of meetings with hunters as prelude to the series of activities we call Renouncing Violence Strategies.
“Having young people that are roaming in the bush committing all forms of crimes to come out and renounce violence, swear by Holy Qur’an that they will not go back to violence again is very important.
“You will understand that it is a very difficult decision for a criminal to come out in public and announce the atrocities he has been doing,” Iwar explained.
Head of Anchau Vigilante Service, Malam Audu Sallau, praised the security operatives for their total support to the programme, saying that they were able to win the confidence of the criminals.