Operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command have foiled an attack and rescued four kidnap victims.
It was gathered that bandits stormed Sabon Gari Local Government Area of the state and started shooting sporadically.
One person identified as Yarima Mohammed of Kufena village Wusasa was killed when he resisted the gunmen in the process of being abducted.
Spokesperson of the command, ASP Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday, April 17.
According to Jalige, the bandits dressed in military uniforms and armed with sophisticated weapons invaded Gabari community, Samaru area of Sabon Gari, and started shooting sporadically, and in the process whisked four persons away into the forest.
On getting the information, the command immediately mobilised operational assets alongside men of Operation Puff Adder II and local vigilantes; who courageously laid ambush on the bandits’ expected route and successfully rescued two people that were kidnapped by the bandits.
Two other victims were rescued by the security operatives with the assistance of vigilantes, who intercepted and engaged the bandits in a gun duel at Gwada village.
“On the 15th April, 2022 at about 2340hrs the Kaduna Police Command received a distress call from an anonymous caller through DPO Daanmagaji zaria. That unspecified number of suspected terrorists dressed in military gear have invaded Gabari Community Samaru of Sabon Gari LGA Kaduna, shot berserkly and in the process whisked away four (4) victims into the forest,” the PPRO stated.
“On getting the information, the command immediately mobilised operational assets alongside men of Operation Puff Adder II and local vigilantes; the team courageously laid ambush on the bandits’ expected route. Fortunately, the strategy paid off as fierce encounter with the bandits ensued, which led to the rescue of two of the kidnapped victims at that very moment
“Upon preliminary investigation, the rescued victims were identified as; Zaituna Muna ‘F’ and Grace Muna ‘F’ both of Gabari village Samaru. Similar strategy was adopted at Gwada village where the bandits were still expected to traverse with the assistance of vigilantes of the said village, the bandits who escaped the first onslaught were again intercepted and the remaining two kidnapped victims were also rescued unhurt namely Fatima Ibrahim,f and Amina Adamu,f.
“Unfortunately, it was discovered that the bandits in the process of abducting the victims, shot and killed one Yarima Mohammed of Kufena village Wusasa who resisted been kidnapped.”
The Commissioner of Police CP Yekini A Ayoku, commended the gallantry and professionalism exhibited by the Officers during the operation which is in tune with his policing philosophy of ‘robust response to distress situation’ and tasked them not to relent in the fight against violent crimes.
He also urged members of the Public to always avail the Police with prompt information at any time of the day as the Police under his watch must treat every information provided with absolute confidentiality.
The CP also uses the opportunity to condole with the family of the deceased and pray that he finds eternal rest.