Frank Ikpefan, Abuja
Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle said 2,000 abducted Nigerians and foreign nationals had been rescued since taking office, and more than 1,000 weapons had been extracted from the bandits.
The governor said the feat was made possible by members of a vigilant group operating in the state.
Matawalle said this while receiving National Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman Uche Secondus in Abuja to express his condolences over the loss of eight members of the Emir’s entourage.
He said no ransom had been paid to rescue abducted victims in the state, adding that logic and dialogue had always been used.
The governor said President Muhammadu Buhari was adequately informed of all security measures taken to secure life and property.
Matawalle expressed his determination to support the state’s security agencies to win the war on insecurity, noting that this was the reason for his decision to pursue an open door policy with the agencies to improve the free flow of communication.
According to him, “we found a lot of dangerous weapons given to the security agencies of Nigeria and we saved about 2,000 abducted victims, including some foreign nationals.”
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“That includes people from China, Korea, the Republic of Niger, Burkina Faso, and even from Central Africa who were kidnapped and taken to the state of Zamfara.
“All we are interested in is seeing our people go to bed with their eyes closed, and that is the responsibility of every government to ensure security for the lives and property we work on,” the governor said.
Matawalle called on all state governors to set aside political differences and put a united front to free the country from all criminal elements and activities, especially banditry.
Secondus, speaking, warned that in the absence of law and order there would be anarchy.
The PDP chairman warned against the politicization of security and hunger, which he said did not know any party.
He described it as an “unusual feat” in rescuing over 300 Government High School students abducted in Katsina State.
He added that PDP governors are the reason for the sustainability of democracy in the country.