Juliana Francis

A one-year-old child was among four kidnapped victims rescued after 16 days in captivity, says the Zamfara State Police Command.

Zamfara State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a Superintendent of Police, Mohammed Shehu, said that between Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2022, the Command received intelligence report on bandits’ plan to attack some villages in Bukkuyum, Tsafe, Bungudu, Gusau and Maru local government areas for abduction.

He further said: “On the spur of the moment, police tactical operatives in conjunction with the vigilante embarked on rigorous patrol thereby repelling the planned attacks and further sustained confidence building patrol to avert any threat on such communities. In a similar development, the collaborative effort of the Police and vigilantes led to the rescue of four kidnapped victims, including a one-year-old child. The rescue of the victims was a sequel to the report received by the Police on the abduction of the victims, where a search and rescue operation was carried out and the victims were successfully rescued unhurt. In the course of debriefing, the victims informed the Police that, On the 14th of October, 2022, bandits in large numbers invaded Kuraje village in Gusau Local Government Area and abducted four of them to Munhaye Forest in Tsafe LGA where they spent 15 days in captivity. The victims were taken to Police Clinic for a medical check and reunited with their families.”

The Zamfara State Commissioner of Police Yusuf Kolo, while reassuring the public on the command’s commitment to restoring peace and security in the state, congratulates the victims for regaining their freedom and urges all and sundry to be security conscious and report suspicious movement to the Police or any security Agency for prompt action.

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