- The federal government says Nigerian security forces have been mopping up illegal arms in the country
- This was disclosed by the minister of defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (rtd) on Tuesday, October 15 in Katsina
- So far, over 470 assorted weapons and 13,000 pieces of ammunition from kidnappers and bandits have been recovered
Nigerian security agencies have so far recovered over 470 assorted weapons and 13,000 pieces of ammunition from kidnappers and bandits operating in the north-west geopolitical zone of the country
This was disclosed by the minister of defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (rtd) on Tuesday, October 15 in Katsina at a special town hall meeting convened by the federal government.
The minister also said about 100 kidnappers and 24 bandits were arrested, while 500 captives were freed from their abductors, adding that 720,000 rustled animals were returned to their owners.
Katsina state governor, Aminu Bello Masari, and his counterparts from Zamfara, Bello Matawalle, and Sokoto state, Aminu Tambuwal were also in attendance.
The governors lamented the effect of kidnapping on the social-economic lifestyle of their states.
Masari said his government had spent over N200 million fighting the security challenge in Katsina, even as he appealed to the federal government to consider security intervention funds for states grappling with insecurity.
Muttawale, on his part, said the security situation in Zamfara had reduced due to dialogue and initiation of projects.
Tambuwal, on his part, said Sokoto state had enacted a law binding on all landlords to register new tenants, who come to settle in the state and whose means of livelihood are not known.
Meanwhile, President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, on Wednesday, October 2, said the Nigerian Senate will adopt a radical approach in tackling the rising spate of kidnapping and insecurity across the country.
Lawan made this known during the consideration of a motion brought to the floor by a senator.
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