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Zamfara governor urges his colleagues to dialogue with kidnappers for peace

Deeply worried by the spread of arms among bandits in Zamfara State, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle said he was taking the option of instructing the security to invite former governor Abdulaziz Yari to explain the whereabouts of about 1000 AK47, he, the former governor allegedly purchased with the state’s funds in 2013.

Amidst the growing rate of kidnapping and other criminal activities across the land, Governor Muhammad Matawalle of Zamfara state has suggested that the only option left for the Governors of the affected states is to engage the bandits and kidnappers in dialogue for everlasting peace.

”Only recently such dialogue with the kidnappers in Zamfawa state led to the denouncing of six kidnappers kingpins and the surrender of about 42 assorted riffles and over 6000 arms and ammunitions”,

Matawalle, who spoke in YOLA while on a working visit to ADAMAWA state said he will continue to encourage the use of dialogue to achieved the much-needed peace in the state arising from the menace of kidnappers and bandits.

He applauded the developmental strides recorded by his colleague, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri.

Governor Matawalle spoke in Kuva-Gaya of Hong local council while commissioning phase 2 rural roads of the 347.6 kilometres rural access roads and river cross-traversing the 21 councils in the state.

“I have been saying the best solution and option to tackle banditry is to seek for dialogue with bandits.

“If really we want to end this banditry activity, we have to sit on a round table and negotiate because through dialogue and reconciliation we are able to secure the release of many people who were under the captivity of kidnappers.

“The dialogue is for those of them ( bandits) who are willing to repent, but those that refused to take the path of dialogue, we fight them .this is just using the carrot and stick approach ” Matawalle stressed.

Earlier, in his address, Governor Fintiri said the projects were in fulfillment of his campaign promises to enhance critical economic growth in the state.

Fintiri assures the people in the state that his administration will complete all ongoing projects scattered across the communities.

Coordinator of RAMP 2, Engineer Zubairu Adamu Vandi maintained that 628 youths were recruited by his organisation to maintain all rural roads constructed in the state.

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