Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle facilitated the unconditional release of 11 kidnapped victims.
A statement released by Jamilu Iliyasu Magaji, the governor’s press secretary, on Saturday, November 21, said the victims had been rescued without ransom payment but thanks to the carrot and stick initiative of the state government.
While receiving the rescued victims Saturday evening at Government House, Gusau, Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on his oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.
The governor explained that the peace agreement and the reconciliation process with the repentant bandits will be supported in the state, while those who do not repent will face the wrath of the law.
The governor ordered the victims to be taken to hospital to check their health before their final release to their respective families.
Earlier, while presenting the kidnapped victims to the Governor, the State Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Muhammed Dauran told the Governor that the victims were released as a result of the peace initiative and the following a stakeholder meeting convened by Matawalle with all critical stakeholders in the Bukkuyum local government area held on Thursday.
The rescued victims, 10 men and a woman from the Bukkuyum local government area, expressed their joy and boundless gratitude to the governor for securing their release.
The rescue of the victims comes just days after Governor Matawalle held a security meeting with all key stakeholders in the local government region to further discuss ways to achieve peace and harmony.
The victims were received in the presence of some members of the state’s National Assembly which included the senator representing the central senatorial district of Zamfara, senator Hassan Muhammed Nasiha and his counterpart from the western senatorial district of Zamfara, Alh. Lawal Hassan Dan Iya Anka, as well as some senior government officials.