Zamfara State government has said that its sustained dialogue with gunmen was yielding results with more bandits surrendering their arms.
The Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran, stated this on Tuesday during a joint briefing with the police at the Police Command Headquarters in Gusau.
“This has been possible through the peace and dialogue initiative introduced by our governor which led to many bandits surrendering their weapons. “These 20 AK47 rifles were surrendered at once by just one gang of repentant armed bandits and each of these weapons is capable of killing 2,000 people.
“This is why the Bello Matawalle-led administration in Zamfara State is standing firm on the peace and dialogue initiative which is fast bringing back peace in the state,” Dauran said.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Yaro Abutu, said the command would continue to support the state government’s peace initiative which he said was yielding positive results.
“Since my arrival in the state barely three months ago, we have successfully and unconditionally rescued many kidnapped victims and recovered several arms and ammunition from repentant bandits. “These are the kinds of results we want to be recording to earn us lasting peace,” Abutu said.
Also, Auwalu Daudawa, a repentant gang leader who promised never to return to the bush or engage in any form of banditry appealed to recalcitrant bandits to also, embrace the peace initiative and be of good character.
The repentant six-man gang had on Monday, surrendered 20 guns to the authorities with a promise never to return to crime.
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