The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu waziri Tambuwal, has handed over to the State Police Command, 102 Rifles with 30 empty magazines surrendered by some repentant bandits through an ongoing peace dialogue by their members.
Governor Tambuwal handed over the arms to the state Commissioner of police, Mr Ibrahim Sani Ka’oje at a brief ceremony held at State Police Headquarters in Sokoto.
He appreciated the feat gained during the process of dialogue with bandits and thanked all the security formations in the state for their synergy and team work.
The Governor therefore urged other Northern States facing similar security challenges to join hand with Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara for the restoration of peace in the region.
Tambuwal said there is need for the states facing security challenges to come up with a common framework of disarmament of bandits through dialogue and evolve a rehabilitation and roburst welfare scheme for the repentant bandits.
In his address, the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, who was represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in Charge of Zone 10, AIG Muhammad Mustapha, commended Governor Tambuwal peace initiative which will go a long way in enhancing a lasting peace in the State.
Mr Mustapha also assured the Governor that he believes soon other affected states in the region would adopt the peace initiative in their places.
The AIG promised the Nigeria Police support and commitments toward ensuring success of the peace dialogue.
Earlier, receiving the arms the Sokoto State commissioner of police, Ibrahim Sani Ka’oje, assured continuous support of security Agencies to the ongoing peace initiative in the state in order to guarantee more security and safety of people.
Mr Ka’oje appealed to members of general public for more collaboration with the police in enthroning a culture of enhanced community based policing.
The Commissioner of Police takes over the arms surrendered by the repentant bandits through the state government that includes 25 AK47 rifles with 23 empty magazines, 4 FNC Assault rifles with 2 empty magazines, 2 Leupold Mark4 bolt-Action magazine fed rifles with 2 empty magazines, seven 7General purpose machine guns GPMG, and three G3 rifle with 2 empty magazines.
Others are two SMG Rifles with 1 empty magazine, one Berretta Rifle, fifty Locally made Rifles and one K2 Riflle.