Police Rescue 8 Kidnap Victims Including A Pastor, Wife And Four Children

The Kaduna State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has rescued no fewer than persons who were kidnapped by bandits from different location in the state.

Naija News reports that the development was confirmed to newsmen on Friday by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, who revealed the name of one of the victims as Ozigi Hassan, a pastor of Mercy Place Ministry Church, Kudenda.

Jalige said pastor Hassan, his wife, four children, and two other travellers were rescued following an intelligence that bandits stormed their community and whisked them away at gunpoint.

Naija News understands that the pastor and members of his family were abducted by bandits in their home at Kudenda, Chikun Local Government Area of the state, while the other two travellers were kidnapped around Buruku along the Birnin Gwari Highway in the same LG.

Jalige identified the other rescued victims who were travellers as Yusuf Sirajo of Jega Town, Kebbi State and Kabiru Yahaya, a staff of Birnin Gwari LGA.

According to the police spokesman, the pastor, wife, and four children were being moved to the forest when operatives of the command rescued them following a distressed call.

He said, “On the 27th April, 2021 at 0200hrs the Command received a report from DPO Kakuri that some suspected bandits in large number gained access into the residence of one Pastor Ozigi Hassan of Mercy Place Ministry Church, Kudenden and abducted him, his wife and their four (4) children and were heading the forest.

“However, on getting the wind of the incident, Operatives were immediately drafted to the area, who gave the bandits a hot chase deep into the forest, engaged them in a gun duel which forced the bandits to take to their heels with bullet wounds.

“Meanwhile the Pastor and his Four (4) children were successfully rescued safely but unfortunately the bandits whisked away the wife one Mrs Fulaki Ozigi into the forest.

“On the 27th April, 2021 at about 1520hrs the Command received a report from DPO Buruku that some Gunmen had attacked a commuting vehicle along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Highway,  by Labi forest in their attempt to kidnap and dispossess the victims of their valuables.

“Operatives who tactically engaged the bandits forcing them to flee into the forest with bullet injuries while the following persons namely; (1) Yusuf Sirajo of Jega Town, Kebbi State (2) Kabiru Yahaya ‘M’ staff of Birnin Gwari LGA Secretariat were safely rescued and subsequently reunited with their families.”

He added operatives of the Command recovered 137 cows rustled by bandits following a complaint to the Divisional Police Officer of the Afaka area.

“To that effect, efforts were not spared in ensuring that the cattle are recovered. The effort by the Command’s Operatives had today 29th April 2021 at about 0200hrs succeeded in the recovery of one hundred and thirty-seven (137) cows and subsequently handed over to their owners after thorough diligence,” he added.

The police chief also added that two of the bandits that raided the Low-cost Estate in Zaria, have been arrested by the police.

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