Three kidnap victims have been rescued from bandits in two different locations in Kaduna state by the officers of the Kaduna State Police Command.
The Command’s spokesman, Mohammed Jalige, said one Yusuf Abubakar of Dorayi village from Kano State was rescued by officers on the Ikara-Tashan Yari road, in the Ikara Local Government Area of the state.
Also, Jalige added that two housewives kidnapped all the way from Kano State by the hoodlums were rescued.
These, Jalige noted, were not without stiff resistance from the daredevil bandits, who engaged officers in a gun battle, noting, however, that the wounded bandits were forced to flee into the bush.
Items recovered, according him, were arms, ammunitions, motorcycle, as well as operational vehicles of the hoodlums.
The police spokesman said, “On the 9th September, 2022 at about 2015hrs, police operatives attached to the Division, while on intensive purposeful crime prevention patrol along Ikara-Tashan Yari road, intercepted a motorcycles conveying three persons riding in a suspicious manner.
“The operatives promptly caught up with the motorcyclists after a high-speed chase and two of the riders on sensing police pursuit jumped off the motorcycle and fled into the bush.
“The operatives upon search of the motorcycle recovered a concealed AK47 rifle loaded with ten (10) rounds of live 7.62 X 39mm ammunitions.
“The identity of the rescued man was later discovered to be the Yusuf Abdullahi Abubakar ‘m’ of Dorayi whose report of kidnap was earlier received by the Division.
“The victim and the exhibits were moved to the police station for further investigation while the fleeing culprits are being trailed for arrest. The victim has been medically evaluated and reunited with his family.”
He added, “In a related operation on the same 9th September, 2022 at 0245hrs, operatives of the Command attached to Hunkuyi Division, while on aggressive patrol along Zaria-Kano expressway, intercepted a suspicious Ford Mini Bus with Reg No. ZAR 532 XR and the occupants rather than heed the police order to halt for search, engaged the operatives in a gun duel.
“The operatives responded gallantly and in the ensuing melee, the hoodlums fled with varying bullet wounds leaving behind two (2) female occupants of the said vehicle who were rescued.
“Upon search of the vehicle, an AK47 Magazine loaded with thirty (30) rounds of live 7.62 × 39mm ammunition were recovered.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the two (2) female occupants, identified as Hafiza Haruna and Amina Haruna, are the wives of one Alhaji Haruna of Kwanan Dangora, Kano State, who were earlier kidnapped by the hoodlums.
“The Commissioner of Police commended the officers for the achievements and tasked them to do more in order to reduce crime and criminalities to the barest minimum in the state.”