Speaking during the recovery, the state commissioner of police, Mr. Austin Iwar said the criminals were made to repent after intensive dialogue involving community leaders saying, as part of the programme, those who renounced violence would also handover their weapons to government.
The police commissioner, however, said that the recovery of arms would not be made public, so as to build trust and encourage other criminals operating in the state to also repent.
He said, “I assure you very soon we will begin to recover most of these arms, as some of them have volunteered to handover their arms back, but not in public.”
He said that the repentant criminals used the deep forests in the area as hideout to terrorise communities adding that, “One of the strategies we decided to adopt is to see how we can get across to some communities leaders in the context of community policing programme we are doing.”
He added, “If you want to solve a problem you have to work with people that created the problem; we also held series of meetings with hunters as prelude to the series of activities we call Renouncing Violence Strategies.”
Iwar described the event as very important to the efforts being made to restore peace and stability in the state.
Head of Anchau Vigilante Service, Malam Audu Sallau commended the security operatives for their total support to the programme.
Sallau said, “None of the repentant criminals was forced to do so, they voluntarily saw reason to renounce violence, and since the commencement of the programme our communities are now relatively peaceful.”