Governor Bello Muhammed Matawalle of Zamfara state has for the second time, facilitated the release of eleven kidnap victims without paying ransom.
The attributed the success to the peace and reconciliation policy initiated by his administration since the inception of his regime.
The victims, comprising ten males and a female, believed to have been kidnapped from Bukkuyum local Government Area of the State, were formally received last night by the governor at the government house Gusau.
Governor Bello while receiving the victims, reassured the people of his state that his Administration will not rest on its efforts until peace is achieved in all parts of the state.
“The peace accord and reconciliation process with repentant bandits will be sustained in the state”, he announced, warning however, that the remaining unrepentant bandits will face the full wrath of the law.
Governor Bello then directed that the victims be taken to the hospital to ascertain their health status before their final release to their respective families.
while presenting the victims to the Governor, the State Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Muhammed Dauran told the governor the the victims were released on peace initiative policy arrangement not in exchange for ransom.
He said the success came following a stakeholders meeting summoned by the Governor, held last Thursday with all the critical stakeholder from Bukkuyum local government. .
The victims were received in the presence of some members of the National Assembly from the state that included Senator representing Zamfara Central Senatorial District, Senator Hassan Muhammed Nasiha, and his counterpart of Zamfara West Senatorial District, Alh. Lawal Hassan Dan Iya Anka, as well as some senior Government officials.