The Zamfara state police command on Wednesday announced that it had freed 24 kidnapped residents from the state’s Shinkafi and Tsafe council areas.
The State Commissioner of Police (CP), Ayuba Elkanah, briefed reporters on the situation, saying that 13 residents from Shinkafi had been rescued, including four pupils from Government Secondary School, Bernin Yero, and one from the Federal Polytechnic, Kaura Namoda.
The CP stated that no stone will be left unturned in the ongoing attempt to clean up the entire Command of all criminal acts and restore long-term peace and security to the state.
“You will also recall that in earlier press conferences, I stated that all kidnapped victims currently in captivity will be rescued unconditionally and reunited with their families through continuing Police search and rescue operations around the State.”
“To God be the glory, the Police Tactical Operatives deployed to different parts of the State under the leadership of Dr. Bello Matawalle have successfully rescued 24 kidnapped victims in Shinkafi and Tsafe LGAs, respectively.”“Among them were four students from Government Day Secondary School Birnin Yero in Shinkafi LGA who were kidnapped while taking their WAEC exams, as well as one student from Federal Polytechnic Kaura Namoda.”
“On November 22, 2021, at approximately 1900 hours, Police Tactical Operatives deployed along the Shinkafi axis, while on search and rescue operations in connection with the abduction of students from Government Day Secondary School, Birnin Yero in Shinkafi LGA, and other victims, acted on intelligence information and rescued the students, as well as eight other victims.”
“The victims who were held captive for 60 days have finally been released unconditionally. All of the rescued victims will be physically examined and debriefed by the police before being handed over to the State Government for reunification with their families.
RESCUE OF ELEVEN (11) KIDNAPPED PASSENGERS ALONG WANZAMAI – KUCHERI – TSAFE ROAD.
“On 22nd November, 2021 at about 2330hrs, Two (2) Golf Vehicles with registration number AE 535 ARG and GUS 274 XF conveying passengers from Kano to Sokoto were blocked by armed bandits along Wanzamai village and abducted all the passengers. On receipt of the distress call, Police Tactical Operatives deployed along Gusau – Tsafe – Funtua road embarked on an extensive search and rescue operation and finally succeeded in the unconditional rescue of eleven (11) passengers. All the rescued victims have been debriefed and re-united with their families.
Police spokesman Mohammed Shehu said that the CP warned members of the public especially travelers and commercial drivers that the order of the State Government restricting movement into the State at night time is still in force adding that the Command under his watch will intensify the arrest and prosecution of any person or group of persons found violating this order.