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How Zamfara Govt. rescues 200 abducted villagers

By News Desk

The Zamfara State House of Assembly Speaker, Nasiru Magarya, has disclosed how the State Government secured the release of no fewer than 200 additional people abducted by bandits across Zamfara villages through peace dialogue and other security measures.

He explained that following the rising cases of abductions and other security concerns, the Governor Bello Matawalle-led State Government had considered unique options of protecting the residents, particularly abducted persons by exploiting the non-conflict resolution strategy through peace dialogue.

Magaraya who said that the 200 rescued victims have been detailed and on their way to Government House, noted that plans are also been perfected to secure the release of other victims still in kidnappers’ custody.

“I am happy to inform you that the state government has secured the release of over 200 kidnapped victims through peace and dialogue, initiated by the present administration led by the state governor,” the speaker said this on Thursday while receiving the delegation of the Conference of Speakers of States Legislatures in Nigeria who paid him a condolence visit over the death of his father, in Gusau.

The delegation, led by the Conference Chairman and Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly, Alhaji Abubakar Sulaiman, also had the Speakers of Kano, Katsina and Yobe Assemblies. The speaker’s father died while in the custody of bandits.

Magarya commended the forum for the visit, adding that the lingering security challenges facing Zamfara had been a concern to the Matawalle-led administration.

He, however, reassured the visitors and people in the state of the government’s commitment to addressing the security challenges facing the state.

“Our father was abducted with his family since August this year and since then, the state government, in collaboration with security agencies, have been making efforts to secure their release. Alhamdulillah, members of the family including the three-month-old baby were successfully rescued,” he said.

“But unfortunately, for our father, Mu’azu Magarya, his time has come and as Muslims, we all believe that every life must have the beginning and the end. On behalf of our family, Zamfara Government and the State House of Assembly, we thank you for this visit.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Speakers’ Conference said that the visit was to sympathise with the Zamfara Speaker, his family and people of the state, over the demise of his father.

“We were mandated by the conference to come to Zamfara despite the security challenges facing the state,” Sulaiman said.

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