The Zamfara State Police Command said it has rescued over 80 kidnapped victims in the state, saying that most of them were nursing mothers.
Briefing newsmen on Tuesday, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Mohammed Shehu, said that all the victims were from Manawa village of Maru Local Government Area of the state.
According to the police spokesman, they were kidnapped on June 8 this year by bandits and taken to Kabaro village in Maru Local Government Area of the state where they had been until they were rescued by the police operatives.
He said that the victims were released unconditionally, adding that, “We used carrot approach to rescue them.”
“We dialogued with the bandits that had kidnapped them and at the end of the dialogue, they (bandits) agreed to release them without paying ransom”.
“The police command in collaboration with the ministry of security did our best to rescue them without paying ransom’.
Some of the rescued victims said that “the police command in collaboration with the ministry of security did their best to rescue them without paying ransom.”
The state police spokesman, who presented 80 rescued victims before the journalists, maintained that the remaining 20 were being treated in the hospital.
“We brought 80 here and the remaining 20 are in hospital for treatment and would be returned to their families as soon as they are medically fit.”
“Although we have security problems here and there in the state, I can say that we are achieving a lot in restoring peace in the state”.
“We will continue to do our best to ensure that the state becomes peaceful and comfortable”.
The Special Adviser to Governor Matawalle on Security matters, DIG Mamman Tsafe (rtd) also explained that the state government would continue to use both kinetic and non kinetic approaches in ensuring dealing with banditry issues.
“The state government would continue to dialogue with the bandits and will also use force in dealing with recalcitrant bandits.”
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