Governor Aminu Tambuwal, from Sokoto state, has received nine released and abducted victims freed by bandits from neighboring Zamfara.
The victims, including seven men and a woman with her infant baby, secured their release after a dialogue between the bandits and the reconciliation committee.
The committee, established by the governments of the Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states in collaboration with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, discussed the severe crises in the area.
Tambuwal, while receiving the victims of his deputy, Alhaji Manir Daniya, on Thursday in Sokoto renewed the commitment to ensure adequate security of life and property for people in the state.
“The liberation of the victims is a clear testimony of the success in the peace process, as well as the general progress in our democratic processes.
“So we will continue to look for more possible ways that will produce lasting peace in our society,” he said. He called on people to continue supporting the security agencies to guarantee a lasting solution to the threat.
However, the governor directed the presidents of the Local Government Councils of Goronyo and Sabon Birni to ensure that the liberated victims met safely with their families.
Earlier, the lieutenant governor, who received the victims at the Government House in Zamfara in Gusau, said the bandits released 150 victims, including the nine indigenous people of Sokoto state.
Ms. Sa’adu Gundumi, one of the victims and councilor representing the Sala Sabon Garin Dole in the local government area of Goronyo, thanked the government for facilitating their rescue, reports NAN.