Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle says no ransom was paid to secure the release of the over 300 abducted students of the Government Secondary School in the Jangebe area of the state.
He stated this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“There is nothing in exchange for the release; we use those (bandits) that are repented. When we use them, they engage them and I said they should ask them why they did that?” he asked.
“Some of these guys did not accept our peace accord, they are many. Some of them even refused to show their faces to the government. But those that have a good intention of repenting and coming back to society, they are working with the security agencies to make sure that the state is safe.”
When asked how he felt about the release of the schoolgirls, the governor said he was extremely happy with the release of the students.
He explained that his administration received the students after engaging the bandits, noting that he lost sleep within the period.