As a response to the peace efforts in Zamfara State, by the Governor Bello Matawalle-led administration, repentant bandits in the State, on Friday, surrendered four more assault rifles and Military camouflage to the State Police Command, the Spokesman of the Command, SP Muhammad Shehu, said in a statement.
The arms and ammunition surrendered by the repentant bandits included one LMG Military rifle, one AK-47 rifle, two LAR rifle, ten rounds of live ammunition and Military camouflage.
This brought the total number of rifles submitted by the repentant bandits to nine.
In June this year, when peace was brokered between them and Yan Sakai, the repentant bandits willingly submitted two rifles, while three other guns were submitted to the Police, in August.
“Today, being 31 August, 2019, the Commissioner of Police, Usman Nagogo, and his team for peace and reconciliation, have achieved another landmark progress in ensuring that the peace process did not only stop at releasing captives, but all arms and ammunition and other offensive weapons, are surrendered by bandits and other militia groups.
“To this end, some bandits who have renounced banditry and other criminal activities, have surrendered four different caliber of arms and ammunition to the Commissioner of Police”, he said.
He further stated that, following the trust and confidence built by his Committee, bandits are now dealing with deviants among them, who are not ready to accept the peace process, and have become the eye and ears of Security Agencies and the government in the forests.