Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara on Tuesday in Abuja briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on security situation in Zamfara.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that about 155 people were killed and 40 others kidnapped in the last three months when groups of bandits invaded some villages in Zamfara.

The kidnapped persons were, however, later released following negotiations between the state government and the kidnappers.

Yari, who spoke to State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with the President, commended Federal Government’s prompt deployment of security agents to the state to address the challenge.

He said “I am here to brief the President on the security situation in Zamfara. The operation is ongoing and is going on successfully. I am rushing back to visit the troops in order to boost their morale.

“I will be with them throughout the week. In this kind of situation, you have to be with the people in order to show them that you are concerned as a leader.

“I believe the security agencies are doing their best and we will continue as government to give them the support needed to make the operation successful.”

The governor expressed the hope that the military would remain in the state for longer time, assuring that the state government would continue to take care of their logistics.

He said “The problem we have is that the state is surrounded by forests. The military men there are currently in about six camps. We hope they will stay there for a while.’

“we thank God that the 40 people are back with their families. They have been rescued and we have returned them to their families without any injury.

“We did not pay any ransom.”

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Yari dismissed social media reports that compensation was paid before the release of the 40 people kidnapped by the bandits in Maru Local Government area of the state.