Insecurity: Katsina govt swaps nine criminals for kidnapped victims – Official

Insecurity: Katsina govt swaps nine criminals for kidnapped victims – Official

The Katsina State government has swapped nine bandits in the custody of security agencies for the release of five abducted persons. According to a statement by Abdu Malumfashi, the Director General, Media to Governor Aminu Masari, the government did this “to secure the release of more detainees”. The State, like many others across Nigeria, has

The Katsina State government has swapped nine bandits in the custody of security agencies for the release of five abducted persons.

FILE COPY: A REPENTANT BANDIT HOLDING A FIRE ARM, FLANKED BY KADUNA STATE GOVERNOR, AMINU MASARI (LEFT) WITH SECURITY AGENTS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

According to a statement by Abdu Malumfashi, the Director General, Media to Governor Aminu Masari, the government did this “to secure the release of more detainees”.

The State, like many others across Nigeria, has been rocked by a spate of violent crimes that has led to the killings and abductions of many Nigerians in recent months.

Katsina recently ‘reached out’ in controversial peace overtures to the bandits, who have carried out majority of the violence.

“The rapprochement between Katsina State government and bandits, holed up in the expansive Rugu forest, which is contiguous to eight Local government Areas in the State, has received a significant boost with the first exchange of five kidnap victims held by the bandits and nine detained bandits held by security agencies,” the release noted.

The statement said the exchanges took place in the Katsina State Government House “before the Governor, all the security Chiefs serving in the state and two representatives of the bandits, (who) sealed pledges earlier made by both sides during a six-day peace engagement”.

FILE PHOTO: RELEASED INMATE’S

Speaking during the exchanges, Governor Masari Clear view television reports that another 29 kidnapped victims would be released by the bandits later in the day.

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He said the process would continue for the next couple of days “during which all captives in the hands of the bandits would be released, while bandits in the hands of security agencies would also be set free”.

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