The Kaduna State Police Command has rescued 15 kidnapped persons and recovered 32 cows.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, stated this in a statement yesterday, in Kaduna.
Jalige said that gunmen, suspected to be bandits, on April 9, blocked Buruku/Birnin-Gwari road, around Unguwan-Yako forest, in an attempt to kidnap occupants of two Volkswagen salon cars.
“A swift response by the operatives of the Command forced the marauding bandits to retreat and flee into the forest with bullet wounds, abandoning their victims. The operatives however, searched the entire area and successfully rescued 15 victims unhurt”, he said.
Those rescued are: Salaha Abdulsalam, Muhammad Yusuf, Fatima Sa’idu, A’isha Abdullahi, Firdausi Rabiu, Sakina Yakubu, Basiru Murtala, Nasiru Umar, Nafi’u Umar, Al-amin Yakubu, Ibrahim Rabiu, Nusaiba Rabiu, Shafiu Yakubu, Rufa’i Sama’ila (driver), and Bala Shehu (driver).
He added that the drivers of the vehicles sustained varying degrees of injuries and were receiving treatment, adding that the remaining victims have been profiled and subsequently reunited with their respective families, adding that rigorous patrol and manhunt for the fleeing bandits was of top-most priority to the Command.
He also said that, “On April 8, the Command received an intelligence report indicating that some bandits were sighted around Dutsin-Gaya village in Kajuru local government area (LGA), moving large herds of cattle strongly suspected to be have been rustled.
“The Command, on getting the information, operatives were mobilised to the area and engaged the bandits in fierce gun battle, which forced them to take to their heels with bullet wounds while the operatives recovered 32 rustled cows”.
Jalige reassured of the command relentless effort in securing public space and to create an enabling environment for legitimate business to thrive in the State.