The Zamfara State Police command has announced the release of 25 Fulani herdsmen illegally held by local vigilantes in Dansadau Emirate, Maru LGA of the state.
In a statement issued to newsmen on Friday by the Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Muhammad Shehu, the police noted that the release is part of the ongoing push for dialogue with kidnappers and bandits to restore lasting peace in the state.
NAN reports that Governor Bello Matawalle had initiated dialogue with bandits as part of efforts to address the security challenges facing the state.
Herdsmen had in an earlier meeting with Matawalle had accused local vigilantes of arbitrary arrests, torture and branding of all herdsmen as thieves and bandits.
Already, the police commissioner has handed over the released 25 victims to Gov. Matawalle.
The governor appreciated the police for working assiduously to ensure peace and safety in Zamfara State.
The victims, comprising men, women and children, were apprehended by the vigilantes, locally known as Yansakai, on April 9, 2019.