Nigerian govt denies allegation it is negotiating with Zamfara bandits

The Nigerian government has debunked allegations by the Zamfara State governor, Dauda Lawal that the federal government was secretly negotiating with bandits without the involvement of the state government.

The denial was made by the Minister of Defence, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, while reacting to statements credited to Lawal alleging that the federal government was negotiating with the bandits to secure the release of abducted persons.

Lawal had, in a statement on Sunday, accused the FG of sidelining the state in negotiating for the release of abducted female students of the Zamfara State University who kidnapped by bandits from their hostel on Friday night.