A total of 216 rifles mostly AK47 have been recovered by Zamfara state Government from bandits terrorizing innocent people in the state.

This was contained in a press release signed by Director-General, Press Affairs to Governor Bello Matawalle, Yusuf Idris, and made available to journalists in Gusau.

It said that the governor made the revelation when he received former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon at the Government House, Gusau.

The statement said that most of the weapons were voluntarily returned to the government by repentant bandits who surrendered to embrace peace while denouncing their bad ways.

The governor described the elder statesman’s visit to the state as timely and sought for professional advice from the retired general on the best practicable ways to end banditry in the state.

In his response, Gowon said he was in the state for his Nigeria Pray initiative, to pray for an end to the violence in the North west and seek for God’s blessings and wisdom for leaders to offer good governance as well as sustainable unity in the country.

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