The Zamfara Police Command says it has rescued a five-month-old baby and eleven other kidnapped victims from their abductors.
In a statement by the command’s spokesman, Mohammed Shehu, a joint operation with local vigilantes led to the “unconditional” rescue of the victims, who have spent over a month in captivity. He added that the operation was in line with the directive of the new commissioner of police, Kolo Yusuf.
The statement read: “On August 30, 2022, Police Tactical Operatives attached to 42 PMF Squadron, Gusau, while on a joint operation with the vigilante near Dajin Kare kukanka forest, acted on intelligence report that led to the unconditional rescue of twelve hostages, including a five-month-old baby girl from Rungawa village in Talata Mafara Local Council of the state.
“The victims were abducted by armed bandits/terrorists and taken to Kare Kukanka forest, a bandit camp of notorious bandits leader popularly known, as “Bello Maibille”, and spent one month in captivity. Victims were medically checked at 42 PMF Clinic Gusau, thereafter, debriefed by the Police and handed over to their families.
“The Commissioner of Police, while congratulating the victims for regaining their freedom, assures the public of the command’s commitment to apprehending the perpetrators of this dastardly act.
“The CP further commended the joint police/vigilante operatives for a job well done, and enjoins all and sundry to be security conscious and report suspicious characters to the police or any security agency for prompt action..”