A team of joint security forces yesterday rescued no fewer than 69 kidnapped victims camped in Toro, Tafawa Balewa, Ningi and Alkaleri Local Government Areas of Bauchi State.
The joint forces, WikkiTimes learnt, took counterterrorism operations to terrorists’ enclaves in the raided areas.
Alhaji Abdulrazaq Nuhu Zaki, the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, disclosed this yesterday, reiterating the determination of the Governor Bala Mohammed-led administration to flush out criminal elements in the state.
Zaki said the governor fought the battle single-handedly, adding that he went to the places where kidnappings were happening, comforted the locals, and urged them to fight back.
“We enlisted the help of the authorities and the vigilantes,” said Zaki. “Unafraid, we charged into the woods to face the robbers. They ran, but our men kept pressing forward.”
He added: “Many of the kidnapped people were held in Bauchi, and according to the council chairmen’s account, all 69 of them were rescued. We let them depart free and on their own accord.
“The dislodging of the bandits, for which the commissioner expressed gratitude to the vigilantes, security services, and impacted communities, will be a great relief to those who have been terrorised.
“Recently, we’ve seen an influx of foreigners into the state, bringing camels and cattle with them. They entered the Lame Burra jungle. The government dispatched security officers and officials to question them about their mission’s specifics. They will be permitted to stay if they are good individuals. If, however, they turn out to be nasty individuals or criminals, “they will send them away.”