From Adam Muhammad Gusau
The Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal, on Thursday, received four ladies rescued from kidnappers after spending seven months in bandits captivity.
The ladies appeared in a two-minute-19-second video clip released by bandits a few weeks ago, appealing to the Governor to help in facilitating their rescue. The victims were kidnapped seven months ago along Kaura Namoda to Birnin Magaji road.
A statement by the Spokesperson to the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said that the rescued ladies were received at the Council Chambers, Government House, Gusau.
He added that the State Government has been worried since the release of the viral video, which prompted a swift response leading to their freedom.
Governor Lawal while receiving the rescued victims, thanked Almighty Allah for making it possible to witness the freedom of the kidnapped ladies.
The Governor further stressed that the rescued ladies would be fully integrated into society and their needs provided.
He said: “As the Chief Executive of Zamfara State, I want to express my utmost gratitude to Allah for the freedom of these ladies who were kidnapped seven months ago. It is indeed a moment of happiness for the Government and the families of the victims.
“I am calling on the victims to consider what happened as a test from the Almighty Allah. Let it not in any way affect their lives, for they have a better future ahead.
“Zamfara State Government will do all it takes to ensure that the rescued victims receive the necessary medical attention and provide all their needs.
“My Government is determined to do whatever it takes to bring an end to the menace of kidnapping and banditry in our Dear State. It is a collective responsibility; we must cooperate and always provide security with relevant information.”
Earlier, the Zamfara State Director of the Department of State Service, Nuhu Umar, officially handed over the rescued victims to the Governor for onward handover to their families.
He said: “On the 15th of January, 2023 four ladies were kidnapped by the bandits. The kidnapped victims regained freedom through Government intervention.
“The victims are Jamila Yahaya Isa; Aisha Yahaya Isa; Ummulkhairi Musa and UmmulKhairi Sani Umar. I am officially handing them over to the Governor of Zamfara State.”