The victims, according to the command spokesman, Yakubu Sabo, were travelling to Abuja from Kano, when their vehicle was forced to stop by bandits, who attacked the convoy of Emir of Potiskum and abducted them.
Sabo said the police responded quickly after receiving information from the DPO in Mararraban Jos at about 3.00 pm, that bandits had blocked the Kaduna-Zaria highway and abducted eight persons.
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“On receipt of the information, the Command mobilized teams of operatives with some Armoured Personnel Carrier to the area, engaged the attackers, successfully gunned down two of the bandits and rescued all the eight victims unhurt while many other bandits escaped with bullet wounds,” he said.
He identified the passengers rescued as Aisha Umar, Samira Ibrahim Dakata, Safiya Idris, Hauwa Aliyu, Aisha Yakubu, Ma’aru Adam, Safiya Audu and Yahaya Bello, all from Kano State.
He said the police are still on the trail of the hoodlums, with a view to arrest and prosecute them.
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In a separate incident, the police also rescued three workers of Airtel Communications Company abducted in Giwa Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.
Sabo said the workers; Henry Agim, Kamal Raman and Segun Adejimoh, were abducted at Maidaro village in the Local Government.
He disclosed that the police were alerted by a good Samaritan.
“After a fierce gun duel, we successfully rescued all the three workers unhurt,” the command’s spokesman added.
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“The Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri sincerely appreciates the cooperation of the local communities who helped the Command to overcome the current security challenges.”
He further urged for more support to enable the police reduce criminal activities in the state to the barest level.