The Kaduna State Police Command has said 76 victims of kidnappers have been rescued by security operatives in Giwa Local Government Area of the state.
Mohammed Jalige, spokesman of the command, said this in a statement on Monday in Kaduna.
He said the victims, which comprise males and females, were passengers from Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State, travelling to different destinations.
He said: “On November 18, at about 2300hrs, the Divisional Police Headquarters in Giwa received reports that a large number of bandits blocked a section of Funtua-Zaria Road at Gulbala area of Giwa LGA and abducted many commuters.
“On the strength of the report, a combined team of police and military were immediately mobilised to the location with clear directives to dismantle the road blockade, root out the armed miscreants and rescue any victims they may have abducted.”
According to him, “On reaching the location, a Ford open truck with Reg. No. APP 667 XG, was found and information garnered had it that a large number of passengers on the truck were moved off the road by the bandits.
“This development engendered an immediate search and rescue operation by the operatives into the adjourning forest.
“In the process, the bandits were encountered and by the sheer force of fire power, pressure mounted on them by the security operatives.
“They were left with no option than to abort their nefarious mission and take to flight with injuries.”
Jalige said: 76 people abducted by the bandits were rescued after security operatives combed the forest for several hours.”
He said preliminary investigations revealed that the victims who were passengers on the truck were travelling from Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State, en-route different destinations when they were intercepted by the marauders.
The police spokesperson added that security operatives were still searching for the driver of the truck and two other passengers who were missing.
The statement said the Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Yekini Ayoku, while noting this breakthrough which was achieved through strong inter-service coordination and collaboration, assured the people of continuous cooperation among all security agencies “to extricate the public space from the enemies of our collective security”.