Government of Niger State has confirmed the rescue of no fewer than thirteen kidnapped victims abandoned by their abductors after a gun battle between the state security personnel and some rogues in Gaura Local Government of Niger state.
This much was revealed by the state commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Services, Hon Emmanuel Bagna Umar, in Minna on Friday, December 30, 2022.
Bagna said the rescue mission was made a reality based on an intelligent gathering that some bandits were seen around Bonu, Gwalu, and Chimbi areas of Paikoro and Gurara LGAs.
“Consequently, joint security forces raided the areas, and during the raid, the criminals were routed and engaged in a gun battle.
“In the course of this, majority of the hoodlums scampered for safety, while some of them escaped with bullet injuries and thirteen (13) kidnapped victims, that were abducted from different locations and held captives were abandoned by their abductors and rescued by security forces in Gurara LGA, Niger State.”
The victims rescued include Ramatu Usman 35yrs, Jamila Jafaru 15yrs, Fatima Usman 30yrs, Hassana Usman, Salamatu Bio, Suleman Usman, Bayi Mohammed, Awwalu Shagari, all kidnapped from Maje Daji via Dobi Gwagwalada Area Council, FCT.
Others are Fauziya Musa, Nazifa Ibrahim, Mansura Musa, and Wasila Musa, all kidnapped from Gwalu village via Kafin-koro in Paikoro LGA of Niger State.
Hon. Emmanuel further revealed that all the victims were put under proper medical care in government facilities and have since returned to their families.
“The Niger State Government appreciates the continuing efforts of our security agencies and community people.
“His Excellency, Abubakar Sani Bello expressed his admiration for the gallantry shown by our security forces and charged them not to relent on their effort until they rout out from the State bandits and terrorists,” he concluded.