By; NASIRU SULEIMAN, Sokoto
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has handed over not less than 102 different types of Guns and ammunition recovered from suspected bandits in the state to the state police command.
According to him, the recovered arms were from the peace and reconciliation process embarked upon by his administration with the suspected bandits and kidnappers in the state.
He gave the breakdown of the items as 23 pieces of AK47 riffles with magazines, 4 MG with 2 MT magazines, 2 MT with 4 magazines and 7 GPMG riffles.
Others includes 50 locally made riffles, 2 MFG with one magazine, 3 GP riffles with 3 magazines and others. He gave the total number of ammunitions to be 102 alongside not less than 30 empty magazines.
He called on the government of neighbouring states to adopt the strategy in order to bring about a lasting peace in their regions.
He said, “I called on my colleagues from Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Niger States to step up the process of genuine negotiations with the bandits in their states.
“We should all comes up with a common position of dialogue with bandits and disarmament.
“I encourage my colleagues in these affected states to come up with a robust welfare packages that will help the repentant bandits to reintegrate back into the society and have a means of livelihood”
The Governor commended the authorities of Nigerian Police and other security agencies in the state for their efforts in sustaining peace in the state.
“This is a very important exercise because without peace and tranquility, nothing, I repeat, nothing can be achieve.
“We can not even moved from our bedroom to the kitchen to wash our hands or to even go out and look for means of livelihood.
“I therefore recommend Sokoto model to other states to copy, without these kind of cooperation and synergy, we cannot achieve anything in this fight against insecurities in our country” he added.