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Police Rescue 17 Kidnap Victims In Zamfara Forests

This photo released by the police on October 22, 2022, shows a cross-section of rescued kidnap victims in Zamfara.

The police on Saturday said it has rescued 27 kidnap victims from Gando, Bagega and Sunke forests in Bukkuyu, Anka local government area of Zamfara state.

According to a statement signed by police spokesperson, Mohammed Shehu, the victims were abducted by a group in Akawa, Gwashi, Tungar Rogo and Anka Villages before taken to bandits camps at Gando/Bagega and Sunke forests.

“The rescue of the victims was sequel to the report received by the Command that, group of bandits terrorist invaded the above mentioned villages and abducted unspecified number of people and took them to Gando/Bagega/ Sunke forests where they spent a week in captivity,” the statement said.

“On receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police deployed additional Police Tactical operatives to reinforce DPOs Anka/Bukkuyum and vigilante in their rescue operation to rescue the abducted victims. Luckily enough, a well coordinated search and rescue operation was carried out with the full support and partnership of the two LGAs Sole Administrators of Anka and Bukkuyum . The outcome of the rescue operation was the unconditional rescue of Twenty seven (27) kidnapped victims.

“At the moment, seventeen out of twenty seven were brought to the Police Command Headquarters for showcasing, while the ten (10) other victims are in the hospital receiving medical attention following the trauma they passed through while in captivity. All the victims have been debriefed by the Police detectives and the Commissioner of Police will formally hand over the victims to Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs who will on behalf of His Excellency reunite them with their families.

“The Commissioner of Police Commended the high level commitment to Security of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bello Matawalle MON, for his support and encouragement to the Police and other security Agencies in their effort to rid the state of criminal activities. The CP further congratulated the victims for regaining their freedom, and assured the public that, Police will not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that criminal elements are apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.”

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