Twelve persons who were held by bandits have been released by the police in Zamfara State.
They secured their freedom through an ongoing peace and reconciliation initiative of Zamfara state government spareheaded by the state Commissioner of Police, CP Usman Nagogo and some repentant bandits.
The victims who were kidnapped about two weeks ago after they were ambushed by bandits regained their freedom yesterday.
Expressing satisfaction over the success recorded at rescuing them, CP Usman Nagogo said the rescued victims was in fulfilment of the pledge made by the repentant bandits to fight their kinsmen who refused to toy the line of peace and reconciliation Committee of the state government under the leadership of Dr. Mohammed Bello Matawalle.
He applauded the repentant bandits for the confidence they reposed on the state government and security agencies especially the police in ensuring that the peace process did not only succeed, but that they were personally involved at fighting the recalcitrant bandits who refused to embrace the culture of peace in the state.
Nagogo called on them to sustain the tempo while the security agencies would continue to partner with them to ensure peace and security in the state.
In his response, the Commissioner for Security and Home affairs Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar Dauran who represented the governor, Dr. Mohammed Bello Matawalle appreciated the security agencies for their tremendous committement in the restoration of peace in Zamfara State.
He reiterated that the state government would continue to adopt dialogue and engagement as a way of overcoming its security challenges while the recalcitrant ones will be dealt with squarely.