LAGOS, June 21 (Xinhua) -- An official in Nigeria's restive northwest state of Zamfara said on Tuesday that authorities have rescued over 3,000 abducted people since 2019 in the state.
The victims regained their freedom through the peace, reconciliation and dialogue programs initiated by the state government in the past three years, said Ibrahim Dosara, the state commissioner for information, at a news conference in Gusau, the state capital.
The official described the feat as one of the remarkable achievements recorded by the state government in the security sector.
He said efforts by the state government yielded positive results because the state is recording relative peace, and banditry activities have reduced to "a minimal level" across the state for the past nine months.
He said many repented bandits had surrendered to the authorities since the inception of the peace programs. And the government has provided vehicles and other logistics to security agencies to complement their efforts toward protecting lives and property in the state.
He urged the people of the state to cooperate with the government and security agencies to end banditry and security challenges bedeviling the state.
There have been a series of gunmen attacks in Nigeria in recent months, leading to deaths and kidnappings.