The release of 18 students and staff members of the College of Agricultural and Animal Sciences Bakura was made possible by repentant bandits, according to Zamfara governor Bello Matawalle.
“As we all know, my administration initiated peace and reconciliation with the bandits as part of the measures to address security challenges facing the state.
“We used the dialogue through the repentant bandits and rescued this staff and students”, Mr Matawalle said on Friday as he received the released students.
Bandits kidnapped staff and students from the College in the Bakura Local Government Area of the state on August 16.
The State Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Elkana, handed the abductees to Mr Matawalle at the Government House in Gusau on Friday, stating that the victims were freed through discussion started by the state government.
“We may recall that the students were abducted and kept with the bandits 12 days ago.
“They were rescued through the peace dialogue initiated by Governor Bello Matawalle, without paying any kobo as ransom.
“I am happy to hand over the released students and staff to his Excellency, the governor,today,” the Commissioner said.
Mr Elkana commended all stakeholders who assisted in the rescue of the students.
Mr Matawalle commended the state peace and reconciliation committee for achieving the success.
“We thank Allah the almighty, for having this staff and students back,” he said.
He stated that the abductees who have been released will be subjected to a medical examination before being returned to their families.
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