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Published On: Tue, Jul 9th, 2019

Armed banditry reduced by 98 percent in Zamfara, Police claim

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From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

The Zamfara state Police Command has announced the drastic stoppage of the lingering criminal activities comprising killings, kidnappings and cattle rustling by 98 percent as peace is gradually returning to the state following series of meetings held with leaders of Miyetti Allah, ‘Yansakai, farmers and representatives of bandits which was organised by the Police.
At a press conference held at the Police Command yesterday by the state Commissioner of Police, CP Usman Nagogo, said the release of 51 Hausa and Fulani captives by both the bandits and ‘Yansakai being facilitated by the Police through dialogue has indicated a great success towards achieving the restoration of peace in the state.
“On the 4th of July 2019, I led a team to Dansadau where twenty five Fulanis who have been held captive for up to 4 months were released unconditionally to me at the palace of emir of Dansadau. The reaction of the bandits in this gesture was phenomenal.
“In the same vein, on 5th of July 2019, I also led a team to Shinkafi local government area where we successfully negotiated the release of fifteen Hausas who were also held in captivity by armed bandits. They were also released without a dime been paid to their abductors.
“On the 7th of July 2019, eleven additional captives who were held at Gidan Dawa in Kaura Namoda and Kamarawa in Shinkafi were released to me. This brings the total number of people that secured their freedom through the committee headed by me to 51 men, women and children”, CP Nagogo has stated.
The Commissioner further informed that, the Police is currently engaging the warring parties on the release of 26 more captives, adding that, “After securing the release of all phase of the dialogue will be disarming and collection of all rifles and other sophisticated weapons that are in the hands of both local militias and the bandits”.
According to CP Nagogo, another significant impact of the dialogue is that, it paves way for his interaction either face to face or through phone calls or proxies. “This has assisted me to dictate the tune of the dialogue.
“The persuasion and energetic pleading dig deep into their nerves in taking such actions that have positive consequences. The Governor of the state has officially, even though not yet inaugurated, appointed me as Chairman of the dialogue, reconciliation, disarmament and amnesty of the devastations and callous killing in the state that is inconceivable”, the Commissioner added.

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