Kaduna appears to have housed plenty of kidnappers and cattle rustlers without knowing.

The number of persons engaged in this criminal activities in just one village in the State is shocking.

Thank God that in the spirit of love that Easter brings, they are giving up this illicit trade for peace to reign.

A total of 750 criminals, including cattle rustlers, bandits and kidnappers have sworn to an oath to abandon their illegal activities in Anchau village, Kubau Local Government area of Kaduna State.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 400 of the repentant criminals swore by the Holy Qur’an three weeks ago while another batch of 350 took the oath on Saturday to abandon their criminal way of life.

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It did not come just like that though, according to the police.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Austin Iwar, told reporters on Sunday that the criminals were made to repent after intensive dialogue involving community leaders.

According to him, the repentant criminals took advantage of the window of opportunity opened by the government and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

Part of the deal is that those who renounced violence would also handover their weapons to government.

The police commissioner, however, said that the recovery of arms would not be made public, so as to build trust and encourage other criminals operating in the state to also repent.

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“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.”

He said that the repentant criminals were using the deep forests in the area as hideout, from where they terrorise communities.

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