Operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command on Saturday rescued 15 kidnaped victims in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state.
The victims who were traveling along the Buruku- Birnin Gwari road, around Ungwan Yako forest were intercepted by the bandits in an attempt to kidnap them before the arrival of the police.
A statement by the spokesman of the Kaduna Police Command, Mohammed Jalige, said that the bandits in large numbers carried dangerous weapons and blocked two vehicles with 15 occupants.
He said that a swift response by the Operatives of the Kaduna Police Command forced the bandits to retreat and flee into the forest with bullet wounds, abandoning their victims.
Also, 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.
He 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.
Read Full Statement Below:
POLICE PRESS RELEASE
KADUNA STATE COMMAND
RESCUE OF FIFTEEN (15) KIDNAP VICTIMS AND RECOVERY OF THIRTY TWO (32) RUSTLED CATTLE
10TH APRIL, 2021
FOILED KIDNAPPING AND RESCUE OF FIFFTEEN (15) KIDNAPPED VICTIMS
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 namely;
Rufai Samaila (driver)
Bala Shehu (driver)
Meanwhile the drivers, Rufai Samaila and Bala Shehu sustained varying degrees of injuries and currently receiving treatment. The remaining victims have been profiled and subsequently reunited with their respective families. Rigorous patrol and manhunt of the fleeing bandits is of topmost priority to the Command.
RECOVEY OF THIRTY TWO (32) RUSTLED COWS
On the 8th April, 2021 at about 0500hrs the Command received an intelligence report through DPO Kasuwan Magani stating that some armed bandits were sighted around Dutsin Gaya Village of Kajuru LGA moving large herds of cattle strongly suspected to be have been rustled.
The Command on getting the information, as usual Operatives were mobilized to the area, engaged the bandits in fierce gun battle which forced the bandits to take to their heels with bullet wounds while the Operatives recovered Thirty Two (32) rustled cows.
In the meantime, the Kaduna Police Command wishes to assure the general public of its relentless effort in securing public space and to create an enabling environment for legitimate business to thrive in the state.
ASP MUHAMMED JALIGE
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE