Military pauses operation Sharan Daji over peace moves

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The Nigerian Army says as part of the concerted efforts to resolve the issue of livestock rustling and armed banditry in 1 Division Nigerian Army area of responsibility, there is substantial progress on the peace initiative led by Zamfara State government after intense military operations.

Subsequently, a dialogue was held Thursday at Gobirawa Chali village, Dansadau Emirate, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State led by the Deputy Governor and traditional rulers as well as suspected livestock rustlers including the notorious Buharin Daji, according to a statement by Col. Usman Sani, of the Army Public Relations.

The suspected rustlers and armed bandits stated that their grouse include wanton attacks by unauthorized vigilantes against the Fulani communities.

A commitment to stop the reprisal attacks on communities was made to allow for further discussion by the stakeholders.

The Nigerian Army is also observing an operational pause to gauge the commitment of the parties involved and build confidence.

“The government of the state appreciated the role of the Nigerian Army in facilitating the meeting and described it as unprecedented as it was the first time such peace meeting was held with key stakeholders.

“A follow up meeting by the state government is scheduled in due course. It is expected that this would lead to a sustainable peace in the state.”

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