- The Nigerian Police Force in Katsina recorded a massive breakthrough over banditry on Monday, July 20
- Not less than 100 persons who were abducted by bandits in June were rescued in the Maru local government council
- The police said the rescue is part of their efforts to make sure the lives of residents and indigenes are protected
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Zamfara - Not less than 100 captives abducted by bandits in the Dansadau area of Maru local government council were rescued by policemen on Monday, July 19.
The police command in the state revealed that the rescue was aided by the efforts of repentant bandits who worked as mediators between the state government and the criminals, Daily Trust reports.
SP Mohammed Shehu, the police spokesperson in Katsina, told journalists that the kidnappers have been keeping their victims at Kabaru forest for more than 40 days.
“The rescue is one of the efforts the state command is making to protect the lives and properties of citizens.
“Since the abduction, the police force geared up in collaboration with sister security agencies and stakeholders as well who assist police to maintain peace in the state.
“The rescue operation took that long out of the sheer number of the captives; it’s necessary for us to carefully apply tactics in order not to jeopardize the whole operation. And thank God that it went smoothly."
Why bullets alone can’t stop bandits, Goodluck Jonathan
Jonathan gave the advice on Sunday, July 18, during a speech at the 50th birthday celebration of a former minister of aviation, Osita Chidoka, in Abuja.
He stated that bullets and other forces of arms alone cannot stop armed robberies, banditry, and other forms of criminality in the country.
“Cases of armed robbery and others going on now shows clearly that bullets alone cannot stop it or other criminal activities.
''It requires top quality programmes of government, it requires technology, it requires a lot to stop armed robbery and all forms of crimes, including corruption that we talk about every day, because it is difficult to make a rule and think that that would solve the problems.''