The Zamfara State Governor has insisted that he is convinced that negotiation with the bandits who abducted over 300 schoolgirls in Jangebe area of the state remains the best means to secure the safe release of the girls.
He disclosed this when the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika led a high powered Federal Government delegation to commiserate with the government and people of the state over the recent abduction of the schoolgirls.
The Governor said his government “is committed to the peace and dialogue initiative and right now, we are using those that have subscribed to our peace accord ( repentant bandits)” to facilitate the release of the girls.
The Governor called for improved synergy between all security agencies in the area of intelligence sharing in order to work in tandem to forestall future attacks and abductions.
He also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy more security personnel to the state, noting that the state has a shortage of security operatives. The increase, he added, will help in securing the huge land mass of the state and rid it of bandits and their camps and settlements.
Earlier, the Federal government delegation which also include the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Usman disclosed that they were in the state to commiserate with state government and also to reassure the people of Zamfara of the President’s resolve to implement new measures to end the scourge of banditry in the state.
They also reiterated the President’s promise that abductions such as the one that occurred in Jangebe will never happen again.