Bandits release 10 victims

Bandits at Ruga forest on Tuesday night released 10 women and a baby to the Katsina State Government.

This brings to 16, the number of kidnap victims who have regained freedom, as part of the swap agreement between the bandits and the government.

A statement by the Director, General Media to the Governor, Labaran Malumfashi, said the women and the baby looked haggard and were brought to Governor Aminu Masari’s office by two representatives of the bandits around 5:30pm.

The statement said: “The successful exchange of detainees between the government and the bandits represents a milestone in the efforts by Governor Masari and his colleagues from the Northwest, notably Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Mohammed Matawallin of Zamfara to end banditry, kidnapping and rustling, which have assumed a frightening dimension in Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto states.

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“The release of the 10 women and the baby, the second time in a day, has also demonstrated the sincerity of purpose by the two sides, thus shocking sceptics who didn’t believe the arrangement would work.”

Masari reaffirmed the commitment of his government to achieve result through negotiations with the bandits.

He urged the outlaws to also fulfil their own part of the bargain.

The governor said: “As soon as the exchange of detainees is completed, the second and third phases of the engagement will begin and focus on the voluntary surrender and return of arms and ammunition to the government by the repentant bandits.”

The released victims include: Sa’adatu Garba, Dije Abdulmini, Dahara Garba, Salame Abu Musa, Rabi’atu Muazu, Shamsiyya Sabi’u, Halima Hambali, Barira Adamu, Mai muya, Manya Sani and Maryam Sani.

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