Bandits release 5 daughters of former Accountant General of Zamfara, 7 months after kidnap

Terrorists in Zamfara have released five daughters of a former Accountant-General of the state, abducted and held for seven months.

The five girls were on Monday presented to Governor Bello Matawalle by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 10, Mr Bello Sani-Deljan, accompanied by the Commissioner of Police in Zamfara, Mr Kolo Yusuf.

Bandits took the five girls from their home in Furfuri in Bungudu Local Government Area in March.

The bandits released a video to the social media in October showing the girls carrying sophisticated firearms and threatened to recruit them into banditry if the ransom they demanded was not paid.

A combined effort of the Police and other security operatives, however, led to the rescue of the girls unharmed.

Matawalle commended the security forces for efforts made and urged them to put an end to banditry in the state.

He noted that intelligence reports showed that the girls were abducted successfully with support from informants who were either family members or close associates.

The governor appealed to citizens of the state to “courageously fight informants by reporting suspects to the authorities without fear.

“Without informants, bandits will be strongly incapacitated and will easily be defeated,’’ the governor said.

He directed that the girls be taken for proper medical checks and counselling before reuniting them with their family.

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