Matawalle pledges to ensure speedy release of abducted schoolgirls

Matawalle pledges to ensure speedy release of abducted schoolgirls

Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state has said that the abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Jangebe, will be released very soon.

Matawalle stated this in Gusau on Sunday, February 28; while receiving the federal government delegation which was in the state for a sympathy visit over the abduction of the children.

“We are using the leaders of the repentant bandits to rescue the schoolgirls from the kidnappers.

“Very soon we are going to witness the release of the abductees”, the governor said

He said his administration “is going to continue with the peace process with bandits; considering its impacts in addressing security challenges facing the state”.

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Matawalle also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for sending the delegation to sympathise the state over what he described as an “ugly act”.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Abdulraheed Bawa; to re-engineer and restore professionalism in the anti-graft agency.

The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday, February 28, in Abuja urged Bawa to avoid the pitfalls of his immediate predecessor.

Ologbondiyan advised Bawa to resist all-partisan pressures to use the agency as a tool for political persecution; harassment of dissenting voices; settling of personal scores as well as for personal enrichment.

He said that such tendencies eroded professionalism in the EFCC, compromised its activities; and diminished the public confidence with regard to fairness; impartiality; and also even-handedness in the handling of cases.

Ologbondiyan noted that the EFCC was established to fight corruption; and not as a tool for oppression and intimidation of innocent Nigerians for political; and other unjustified reasons.

“The PDP notes that for the first time, the Chairman of the EFCC is drawn from the pool of trained investigators of the commission

“Nigerians expect the new chairman to bring the benefits of his training to bear by sanitising the system; as well as restoring professionalism in line with international best practices.

“Furthermore, our party urges the new EFCC Chairman to bear in mind that, given his young age and training; he should exhibit the ideals of the Generation-Next Nigeria in reciprocation of the confidence Nigerians repose in him.”

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