Kidnappers free Zamfara director of budget, kill deputy

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Alhaji Bello Matawalle

Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State: rejoices with freed Zamfara director of budget

Zamfara State Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has expressed happiness over the release of the state’s Director of Budget Alhaji Hamza Salihu and one other person kidnapped at gunpoint along Kachia/Keffi road on Sunday.

They were on their way for an official assignment in Akwanga, Nasarawa state.

Unlucky however was the deputy director of budget, Alhaji Kabiru ismail, who was killed by the kidnappers.

Governor Matawalle condoled with the family of Ismail and donated one million Naira and ten bags of rice to his family.

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To get Salihu released, according to director general press affairs, Malam Yusuf Idris, the governor, liaised with Kaduna state governor Malam Nasiru El-Rufai and security agencies.

Gov. Matawalle who congratulated the released persons and their families 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.