The Zamfara State Government says it rescued 2,155 victims of banditry and kidnapping in the state between September 2021 and January this year.
According to the Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara, who disclosed this in Gusau on Sunday, noted that the effort was achieved through collaboration with security forces deployed to the state, and that the rescued victims, including school students, pupils, women and children, had since been reunited with their loved ones.
In his words, “we wish to register our deep appreciation to the military for upping the ante in recent times, not forgetting the fact that Gov. Bello Matawalle has been working to restore law and order in the state despite the challenges.
The commissioner recalled that Matawalle had briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on all measures being taken by the Zamfara government to address the security challenges, including several meetings he held in Niamey with Mohamed Bazoum, the President of the Republic of Niger.
He said, “the President was briefed of the last visit to the Niger Republic by Matawalle where the President immediately directed the Governor to return to Niamey, Niger Republic, to conclude the remarkable mission of peace.
“This is a heartwarming development for us in the entire North-Western states as it has become the bedrock of neutralising the incessant inflow of dangerous weapons into the hands of bandits across the region,” Dosara said.
Dosara advised citizens of Zamfara state to eschew rumour-mongering especially in social media, as this type of attitude could only compound the situation in the state, adding that the media needs to remain professional in the discharge of their duties.
He, however, commended the media for their role in the search for a lasting solution to tackling the security challenges in the state.