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Zamfara Govt houses over 100 rescued kidnap victims

The Zamfara Government says it is housing more than 109 rescued kidnap victims at the Government House, Gusau, having recently regained freedom from their abductors.

A statement signed by Alhaji Yusuf Idris, the Director-General of Press Affairs to the state governor, said the rescued persons, comprising men, women and children, regained their freedom through the Peace and Reconciliation initiative of the governor.

Gov. Mohammed Matawalle initiated the project in the last three weeks and it is being led by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Nagogo.

The committee is mandated to meet with the bandits and their leaders in order to secure the unconditional release of all kidnapped captives as part of the peace pact.

In less than 10 days now, the initiative had seen the release of the 109 persons from different bandits camps operating in the state.

During the handing over of 14 of such victims by the Emir of Zurmi, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, to the governor on Thursday at the Government House, Matawalle directed for the treatment, feeding and accommodation of the fred abductees.

“We know that your loved ones are too eager to see and have you back, but your stay here is to make sure you receive all the medical support you may require including trauma therapy so that by the time you go home, you will be very much OK and mentally sound,” Matawalle explained.

The governor, who commended the Police Commissoer, Mr Usman Nagogo, and his team for doing excellently well in the peace pact exercise, promised his continued support to the security agencies until the state is rid of all criminal elements.

The commissioner of police told the governor that while some of the rescued victims were from the neighbouring states of Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kaduna and Niger, some were from the Niger Republic.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.