Bandits: Matawalle Secure Release of 26 Girls, Says Dialogue Still Relevant


Governor Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun) has said that dialogue with bandits is still relevant just as he secured the release of 26 Katsina State indigene girls, all of them minors, from bandits without payment of ransom.

The girls who were kidnapped by bandits in Faskari local government area of Katsina state were brought into the bushes of Zamfara state but were miraculously discovered by the state Government and got released through negotiations held under the state Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran who is in constant dialogue on behalf of the Government with bandits in the state on the need to embrace peace and live a normal life.

Governor Matawalle who received the rescued girls said his administration will not abandon the peace dialogue with bandits as fire power alone cannot solve the problem of banditry in the state.

He said, “this is a testimony to our vision for engaging the bandits in peace dialogue. For those who believe we are wrong to dialogue with the bandits, the securing of these minors who are all girls, unhurt, is indeed, priceless”.

The 26 rescued girls, whose ages ranges between 8 and 12 were medically checked and provided with new clothes. Governor Matawalle ordered for their safe return to Katsina state.

This latest rescue brings the total number of those released by bandits in the last one week to more than 40.


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