Operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command have rescued 15 kidnapped victims in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Mohammed Jalige, the command’s Public Relations Officer.
According to the statement, the victims were travelling along the Buruku-Birnin Gwari road, around Ungwan Yako forest when they were intercepted by the bandits in an attempt to kidnap them before the arrival of the police.
The police said the bandits in large numbers carried dangerous weapons and blocked two vehicles with 15 occupants.
It, however, noted that a swift response by its operatives truncated the bandits’ attempt to move the travellers further.
The statement read: “On the 8th April, 2021, at about 1525hrs unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits in large number bearing dangerous weapons blocked Buruku Birnin Gwari road around Unguwan Yako forest in an attempt to kidnap the occupants of two (2) Volkswagen vehicles. One with Reg. No. AE 355 EDE while the other unregistered.
“A swift response by the Operatives of the Kaduna Police Command forced the marauding Bandits to retreat and flee into the forest with bullet wounds abandoning their victims.
“The operatives, however, search the entire area and successfully rescued Fifteen (15) victims unhurt.”
The police, however, noted that the drivers, Rufai Samaila and Bala Shehu sustained varying degrees of injuries and currently receiving treatment, while the “manhunt of the fleeing bandits is of topmost priority to the Command”.
In another development, police operatives have recovered 32 rustled cows from bandits in Kajuru Local Government Area.
The bandits were intercepted around Dutsin Gaya Village of Kajuru LGA as they were moving large herds of cattle.
Jalige disclosed that they were engaged in a fierce gun battle by troops, which forced them to take to their heels with bullet wounds while the Operatives recovered the rustled cows.