The Zamfara State Police Command has rescued 27 persons [email protected] from Kawa, Gwashi, Tungar Rogo, and Anka towns in the Anka and Bukkuyum Local Government Areas of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the victims were rescued after seven days in captivity.
The command’s spokesperson, SP Muhammad Shehu, while presenting the rescued victims to the state Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, Mamman Tsafe, in Gusau on Saturday, said that the victims were rescued unconditionally.
Shehu said the victims were taken to the terrorists’ camps at Gando/Bagega and Sunke forests in Bukkuyum and Anka LGAs respectively.
He stated, “The rescue was sequel to the report received by the command that a group of bandits invaded the villages and abducted an unspecified number of people and took them to Gando/Bagega/ Sunke forests. Receiving the report, police deployed additional tactical operatives to reinforce DPOs of Anka/Bukkuyum and vigilantes in their rescue operation to free the abductees.
“A well-coordinated search and rescue operation was carried out with the full support and partnership of the two council sole administrators of Anka and Bukkuyum. The outcome of the rescue operation was the unconditional rescue of the 27 kidnap victims.
“Now 17 out of the 27 were presently brought to the police command headquarters while the remaining 10 are in the hospital receiving medical attention, following the trauma they passed through while in captivity. All the victims have been debriefed by police detectives.’’
Receiving the rescued victims, Tsafe commended the commissioner of police and other security agencies for their efforts in the fight against banditry and other security challenges in the state.
Tsafe said the effort was part of the commitments of Governor Bello Matawalle’s administration in the fight against banditry.
He congratulated the victims for regaining their freedom and assured them of the government’s readiness to continue supporting security agencies in the state to achieve sustainable peace and stability.