Zamfara engages repentant bandits to free abducted 317 schoolgirls


Zamfara state Governor, Bello Matawalle has said that the abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Jangebe, will be released very soon noting that his administration is negotiating with abductors through repentant bandits.

Matawalle while receiving the federal government delegation which was in the state for sympathy visit over the abduction of the children said “We are using the leaders of the repentant bandits to rescue the schoolgirls from the kidnappers.

“Very soon we are going to witness the release of the abductees”, the governor added.

Matawalle, who has been in dialogue with bandits in the state, in spite of the criticism of his action, maintained that his administration would “is going to continue with peace process with bandits considering its impacts in addressing security challenges facing the state”.

The state recently granted amnesty to some bandits and came out of the forest and handed in their arms. They were then classified as “repentant bandits”.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for sending the delegation to sympathize the state over what he described as “ugly act”.

The delegation was led by Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika. Other members were Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Hajiya Sa’adiya Umar-Faruk and Minister of Women Affairs Mrs. Pauline Tallen.

Matawalle said: “I strongly believe in the president and his effort in fighting all forms of insurgence and I urge him to improve on the nation’s security.

“This is by ensuring synergy among the security agencies so that confrontations with criminals can be coordinated on ground and in the air simultaneously.”

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Sirika said new measures had been developed by the Federal Government which would bring complete end to all forms of criminality in the nation.

“The President is saddened by the abduction of the students from Jangebe and reassures you that the government has all the resources and wherewithal to contain these criminals.

Buhari also commended Matawalle’s efforts against armed banditry and promised a continued support to bringing lasting peace.

“The Federal Government will continue its partnership with Zamfara government and its citizens in resolving the security challenges facing the state,” Buhari said.