The Zamfara Command of the Nigeria Police has rescued 21 kidnapped children, including two females, who were among the people earlier abducted by suspected bandits at Kucheri Village, along Gusau – Funtua Road on December 31, 2021, around 11 pm.
According to the command’s spokesperson, SP Muhammmad Shehu, around 11 pm, a distress call was made to Kucheri Village via Tsafe Local Government Area that bandits had blocked Gusau – Funtua Federal Highway at Kucheri area, and abducted an unspecified number of commuters in five different vehicles.
Speaking during a press conference at the Command’s Headquarters, Gusau, Shehu opined that the Police Tactical Team in conjunction with the military responded to the distress call and moved to the scene, where they engaged the hoodlums in a serious gun battle.
He said: “The Police Operatives succeeded in rescuing 21 kidnapped children including two female victims who were coming from Rini Village in Bakura LGA to Katsina State for Almajiri Islamiyya School along with their Scholar named Lawali Ibrahim.
“The said scholar, Lawali Ibrahim and the driver of their Hummer Bus Vehicle were among the victims that are currently in captivity.”
He pointed out that the Commissioner of Police has already sent a reinforcement of Police operatives to complement the effort of the joint security operatives currently working to rescue the remaining victims and apprehend the perpetrators.
SP Shehu called on the public especially drivers and passengers to desist from night journeys, stating that in the state mostly bandits block roads and kidnap commuters at night.
He added that on its part, the Police Command will continue to work assiduously to ensure the safety and security of the citizenry.