In Kaduna: Police kill two bandits, rescue 20

Police say they killed two suspected kidnappers and rescued 20 victims in two separate operations in  Kaduna State.

Spokesman for the force in the state, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said in a  statement on Wednesday they carried out the operations in Mararaban Jos along the Kaduna-Zaria Highway and at Kidandan, Giwa Local Government Area of the state, where three  abducted Airtel Communications workers were rescued.

The statement read, “The Kaduna State Police Command succeeded in foiling a kidnapping incident, gunned down some suspected bandits and rescued 11 victims unhurt.”

Sabo said they  received a distress call through  the DPO in  Mararraban Joson Wednesady  that some bandits had blocked the Kaduna-Zaria  Highway and abducted eight people  from a  bus going  from Kano to Abuja.

 He named  the abductees as Aisha Umar, Samira Dakata,  Safiya Idris, Hauwa Aliyu, Aisha Yakubu, Ma’aru Adam, Safiya Audu and Yahaya Bello, all from Kano State

Sabo said, “On receipt of the information,  we  mobilised to the area to  engage the bandits. We   gunned down two of them and rescued the eight victims unhurt while many other bandits escaped with bullet wounds.”

According to the spokesman, they have launched a manhunt  for the fleeing hoodlums.

In the second operation, Sabo  said they  received a distress call from a member of the public  through the  DPO  of Kidandan in Giwa LGA  on Tuesday that some bandits  had invaded Maidaro village and kidnapped three Airtel Communications Company workers.

He said, “We quickly moved  to the scene and  engaged the hoodlums in a fierce gun duel and  rescued the three workers unhurt. They are  Henry Agim, Kamal Raman and Shegun Adejimoh.”

He added,  “Our men  also intercepted nine other captives who were passengers of  a Morcopolo  bus that were attacked along the  Kaduna-Zaria Highway  on January 14  alongside the convoy of the Emir of Potiskum at foundation village.

“The victims are Abdulhafiz Wakil, Abdul Wasiu Jimmoh, Mujittaba, Hajara Usman, Emmanuela Dimka, Dahiru Isa and three others who were debriefed by the Commissioner of Police and supported to be reunited with their respective families.” Punch

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