Zamfara: Police rescue 11 kidnapped persons, repel attack

The Police Command in  Zamfara says it has secured the release of 11 kidnapped persons in the state.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Muhammad Shehu, announced this in a issued in Gusau on Saturday.

“On April  9, the command, in collaboration with the state Ministry for Security and Home Affairs, secured the unconditional release of 11 kidnapped by a group who took them a forest near Gobirawan Chali in Maru Local Area,” he said.

He said “10  out of  the 11 are natives of Kyakyaka, Tungar Haki and Gidan Ango villages of Gusau Local Area in Zamfara, the other victim from Kaduna State”.

He said the release of the kidnapped was part of  ongoing peace process enunciated by Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara.

“All the rescued victims have been debriefed by the police and later handed over the Ministry for Security and Home Affairs that will reunite them with their families.

“Investigation regarding the abduction of the victims has begun and the outcome will be made public,” Shehu said.

He said the cocmand also repelled an attack by suspected  bandits on Yarkala village in  Rawayya District of Bungudu Local Area of Zamfara and weapons.

“On April 8, police operatives attached operation Puff Adder deployed Rawayya-Yarkala axis were alerted of presence of large numbers of bandits who were moving Yarkala village on an attack.

“Receiving the distress call, the operatives mobilised and dislodged the bandits, as a , they fled to the forest with possible gun shot wounds.

“In the course of mopping up the scene, an rifle marked 1983NI2328 and a magazine containing 10 rounds of live ammunition belonging to of the fleeing bandits was and now in police custody,” he said.(NAN)