The Zamfara State Police Command has revealed that it has unconditionally secured the freedom of 21 children including two females who were kidnapped along Gusau-Funtua in the state.
Addressing newsmen at the state police command in Gusau, the state capital, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ayuba Elkanah, said the children were among the people abducted by suspected armed bandits at Kucheri village on December 31, 2021 at about 2300hrs.
“On 31st December, 2021 at about 2300hrs, a distress call was received from Kucheri Village that armed bandits blocked Gusau-Funtua Federal Highway at Kucheri axis, and abducted unspecified number of commuters in five different vehicles.”
The commissioner explained that Police Tactical Operatives in Conjunction with the Military promptly responded to the distress call and moved to the scene, where they engaged the bandits to a serious gun battle.
“The police operatives succeeded in rescuing twenty one kidnapped children including two female who were coming from Rini Village in Bakura Local Government Area of the state to Katsina State for Almajiri Islamiyya School along with their Islamic teacher named, Alhaji Lawali Ibrahim.”
“The said scholar, Lawali Ibrahim and the driver of their Hummer bus vehicle were among the victims that are currently in captivity.
“The commissioner of Police has already sent reinforcement of Police operatives to complement the effort of the joint security operatives currently working to rescue the remaining victims and apprehend the perpetrators.”
“The Zamfara State Police Command is using this medium to call on the general public, especially drivers and passengers to desist from night travel. The night time is the period that is mostly used by bandits to block roads and kidnap commuters in the state.
“The Police Command will continue to work assiduously to ensure the safety and security of the citizenry.”