…As bandits abandon 47 rustled cows
The Kaduna State government says troops of the Nigerian Navy arrested three kidnappers in Kujama, Chikun local government area on Friday.
The State’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said a military report revealed that the bandits, in a black Toyota Corolla, drove up to the shop of a POS agent in the area and attempted to kidnap the operator along with a customer who was there for a transaction.
“Alarm was raised and the Nigerian Navy troops from the Kujama checkpoint arrived at the scene to apprehend the suspects before they could escape with their captives,” he said.
Aruwan said the suspected bandits identified as Kabiru Yusuf, Salihu Ibrahim and Naziru Haruna, have been handed over to the Police for further investigation and prosecution.
“The rescued victims, Franklin Silas (the POS operator) and Blessing Fada, both residents of Kujama, are both safe and assisting security agencies with the investigations”, he said.
In a related development, the State government says some bandits abandoned 47 cows they had rustled after they sighted troops of ‘Operation Safe Haven’ advancing towards them around the boundary of Apinbu, in Atyap chiefdom, and Ungwan Pah, in Ikulu chiefdom, both in Zangon Kataf local government area.
Aruwan, in an issued statement, said that the cows have been taken into the troops’ custody, while investigations proceed on their actual owners.
He also said the troops arrested one Simon Augustine in Kukum Daji, Jema’a local government area, for attempting to rob another resident, Matthew Istifanus, of his motorcycle.
Aruwan said the report by the military revealed that the suspect assaulted his victim in a bid to disable him by hitting him on the forehead with a hammer.
He said the victim is receiving treatment in hospital, while the suspect is in police custody for preliminary investigations.