26 young girls kidnapped from katsina rescues by Gov Matawallen in Zamfara
From:Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
26 young girls kidnapped from Katsina State North West Nigeria have been rescued in Zamfara State via the intervention of the State Governor Bello Matawalle.
The was contained in a statement made available to media in kaduna on November 8th 2020
The statement added that the girls yesterday undergo medical checkup by professionals to ascertained their physical and mental fitness following days of trauma they suffered in captivity.
“The Governor is renowned for his successes in dual approaches for dealing with armed banditry bedeviling the Northwestern region of Nigeria.
” Inspite of the myriads of socioeconomic challenges he inherited in Zamfara State, Dr. Bello Matawalle is managing the meager resources at his disposal to tackle regional insecurity without overwhelming the Federal Government with requests for monetary intervention.
” Dr. Bello Matawalle made the successful rescue of the 26 young girls from kidnappers after applying his usual non-kinetic strategy which led to the unconditional freedom of the 26 victims after spending 1 week in captivity.
” The young girls are aged between 8 to 18 years and one older woman, all kidnapped from their villages in Katsina State.
In his remarks, Dr. Bello Matawalle encouraged all relevant stakeholders to adopt carrot-and-stick approach in dealing with the overwhelming situation of banditry in the Northwest.
“Wherever dialogue fails to provide the desired result, we should not hesitate to mobilize all kinetic resources at our disposal to forcefully end this menace, but as long as carrot-and-stick approach is working, it should remain our priority”.
The rescued girls are already on their way to reunite with parents after proper handing over to Katsina State Government.
In a related development, on 3rd November, 2020, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has successfully secured the unconditional release of nine (9) persons abducted by armed bandits 2 months ago in Jibia LGA of Katsina State. Among the abducted persons were 2 Judges working with Zamfara State Judiciary.
The intervention of Zamfara State Governor has always led to the freedom of abducted citizens without the payment of ransome by any party.
Through his dialogue and reconciliation process, several groups of armed bandits have layed down their arms and embrace peaceful coexisting in the state.