The Kastina state government has released six suspected bandits detained by security agencies in exchange for 20 kidnap victims.
This is said to be part of a peace deal between bandits and the state government as part of measures to curb the menace of kidnapping in the north-west state.
Eight local government areas in the state comprising Dandume, Sabuwa, Faskari, Kankara, Safana, Danmusa, Batsari and Jibiya have come under frequent attacks by bandits.
The situation was said to have prompted the state government to engage leaders of the bandits in a dialogue, during which agreements were reached to release some of their members held by security agencies.
During the handover of the bandits, Aminu Masari, governor of the state, said he and the security chiefs has been visiting the local government areas that shared borders with Rugu forests, which served as a hideout for the bandits.
Masari said part of the agreement was the handover of bandits in detention who had not been prosecuted.
According to him, the bandits would, in return, handover to government the people they kidnapped and were in their custody.
He said the process started on Monday, with the release of five people; two females and three males, while 20 more will be released before the end of September 10.