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  • News - North West - Zamfara
  • Updated: Feb 22, 2021

Zamfara Government Has Secured Release Of Over 1,000 Abductees Without Ransom

Zamfara Government Has Secured Release Of Over 1,000 Abducte

The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle on Sunday said his administration has secured the released of no fewer than 1,000 kidnapped vitims from their abductors without paying any ransom. 

Matawalle made this known while speaking on Channels Television's Sunday Politics. 

The governor who promised to always do everything possible to make Zamfara State safe explained that the government's approach has ensured the return of some people who fled their homes due to attacks.

He said, "We have also secured the release of 1,000 captives without paying any ransom. We equally received over 300 sophisticated weapons surrendered by bandits and their leaders.”

He, however, said he believes that if other governors can also adopt this dialogue, criminality will be reduced in Nigeria.

“To me, as a leader, I cannot fold my arms seeing my people killed every day. I have to initiate anything I know I can to be able to make my people sleep with their both eyes closed,” the governor who had served as a commissioner in the state between 1999 and 2003, noted.

“That’s why I have to initiate that dialoguing with these people. And I believe that by the time all governors come together and agree on doing so; we can be able to secure our country.”

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Speaking further on the programme, Matawalle clarified that he does not support the payment of money to kidnappers and other criminals, reiterating that the abductors of the schoolboys were not paid any ransom.

"I have said it earlier, nothing has been paid to them," the governor insisted.

"If you are giving them money, they can use the same money to acquire more weapons which I believe we cannot do. These people, they can listen and you can discuss with them," he explained, stating that the Zamfara State government is working to empower some of the repentant bandits so they do not go back to crime.

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