Juliana Francis

Some suspected kidnappers, who invaded a victim’s home and kidnapped him, had abandoned him following an intense gunbattle with the police in Kebbi State.

The 46-year-old victim, Abubakar Abubakar was kidnapped in his house by unknown men but later rescued by the police.

The Kebbi State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Magaji Kontagora, while confirming the incident, explained that: “On 30th November 2022 at about 6:30 am, one Abubakar Abubakar of Yartudu Tilli village, Bunza LGA, was kidnapped by unknown armed men in his house. On receipt of the report, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Zogirma, swiftly led a combined team of Policemen and vigilante group members, pursued the suspects to Ladda Forest, and engaged them. Due to the high firepower of the combined forces, the kidnappers abandoned their victim and took to their heels with gun wound injuries. The victim has been rescued unhurt and has been reunited with his family after receiving medical attention at General Hospital, Bunza. Efforts are being intensified to arrest the culprits for prosecution accordingly.”

Similarly, on the 1st of December, 2022, at about 8:25am, some unidentified suspected bandits were sighted at Mairairai farms, Bena District of Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area. On receipt of the information, a combined team of Police mobile men stationed at Mairaiarai and Bena camps, Army personnel, vigilante and members of the Yansakai were instantly mobilised.

Kontagora added: “On reaching the scene, they engaged the bandits in a gun duel, as a result of which they repelled the intended attack and kidnapping. Aggressive patrol has been intensified in the area to arrest the bandits who escaped with gun wound injuries.”

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