Governor Bello Matawallen of Zamfara has expressed joy over the release of Director of Budget, Alhaji Hamza Salihu and one other person who were kidnapped at gunpoint along Kachia/Keffi road while on their way for an official assignment in Akwanga, Nasarawa state on Sunday.
In a press released signed by the director general press affairs to the the government house, Malam Yusuf Idris, their release came after the swift move of the governor to secure their release.
Idris explained that the governor liased with his Kaduna state counterpart, Malam Nasiru El-Rufai and security agencies to secure the release of the victims.
Gov. Matawalle congratulated the released persons and their families, he also commended the victims’ friends and all those that negotiated the release.
He advised all criminals operating in the bushes to renounce their bad ways and embrace peace noting that such move is already working in Zamfara where bandits are releasing kidnap victims and surrendering to security operatives towards embracing peace and is impacting positively in the neighbouring states.
The governor once again sympathized and condoled with the families of the state’s Deputy Director of Budget, Alhaji Kabiru Ismail who was killed by the kidnappers during the attack.
Governor Matawalle also donated one million naira and ten bags of rice to the deceased family.