Zamfara State Governor, Mr Bello Matawalle, has again secured the release of ten kidnapped victims without ransom.
The victims who had been in captivity for over three months and two weeks said they were abducted in the Gwaram community of Talata Mafara Local Government Area of the State.
Channels TV reports that among them are three men, including the father of one of the abducted Jangebe School Girls, four women and three children.
The Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs in the State, Mr Abubakar Dauran, said they were rescued without ransom through the peace initiative of his administration; explaining that the State Government will continue with the peace dialogue, as it is paving way for lasting peace in the State.
Mr Dauran said, “I believe if it is not dialoguing that we are doing in Zamfara State, we cannot definitely rescue these victims. We are still with this dialogue and with a non-kinetic approach, we must continue to do it because of the situation we have in Zamfara State, we know it’s critical but we are achieving a lot of success.
He noted that “Recently, we rescued 279 Jangebe School girls, before that we have recovered about 20 sophisticated weapons from the son of Buharin Daji which he voluntarily surrendered with a different caliber of live ammunition.”
One of the rescued victims said they spent 14 weeks in the forest with their kids, noting that they were exposed to the cold weather.
The lady, who identified herself as Raliat, said the bandits offered them rice and beans to cook, after which they ate during the two-week period.
“We spent 14 weeks in the forest with all this cold weather, we were outside with our kids there is nothing to cover our body with. They came looking for Ubankasan Gurau but he was not around, they met his father and killed him, they went to his uncle’s house and pack all the family members that were around,” she said.
Raliat added that: “They said they pity our kids but still, they did not release us. None of our kids die, it’s God that saved us. They give us rice and beans, we are the ones cooking, and they have pot there. They use to give us oil and salt with Maggi but later they stopped.”