- The Zamfara state government has promised to give repentant bandits two cows for each AK47 rifle surrendered
- The state governor, Bello Muhammad Matawalle, made the promise when some top security officers paid him a visit
- Matawalle disclosed that Zamfara state is the epicentre of armed banditry in the country
The Zamfara state government has promised to give repentant bandits two cows for each AK47 rifle surrendered.
The state governor, Bello Muhammad Matawalle, made the promise on Thursday, July 16, when the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, the director-general of Department of State Security Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi and other top security officers paid him a visit, Daily Trust reported.
"For every rifle submitted by a repentant bandit, there would be compensation of two cows," he said.
The governor stated that his administration does not want to give money to the bandits to prevent them from using the funds to purchase weapons.
Matawalle explained that cows were chosen as compensation because the bandits being Fulani need the cows to advance their economic interests.
He disclosed that Zamfara state is the epicentre of armed banditry in the country.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has dispatched top security chiefs to interface with stakeholders in Zamfara on the lingering security challenges in the state and the entire northwest.
The northwest has been under siege by bandits who have been attacking local communities across the region. The president's directive was revealed by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammad Adamu on Thursday, July 16.
Adamu made the disclosure when the security chiefs paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Gusau, Ibrahim Bello, at his palace in Gusau.
In his remark, the emir thanked the security chiefs for the visit and pledged that the traditional institution would continue assisting them in their efforts to get rid of the criminals.
In another report, soldiers attached to operation thunder strike, a subsidiary of operation accord, rescued the kidnapped victims after engaging the bandits in a gunfight.
The defence spokesperson, Major General John Enenche, in a statement on Friday, July 10, disclosed that the three kidnap victims were successfully rescued unhurt and have been reunited with their families.
Enenche sent congratulatory messages from the military high command to the gallant troops for their dedication and unwavering commitment.
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