By Sam Kayode
Zamfara state police command today in a news conference said it has rescued 24 kidnapped residents of Shinkafi and Tsafe council areas of the state.
Briefing newsmen on the development,the State Commissioner of Police (CP), Ayuba Elkanah, said that 13 villagers from Shinkafi were rescued including four students from Government Secondary School, Bernin Yero, and one other from the Federal Polytechnic, Kaura Namoda.
The CP said that no stone will be left unturned in the ongoing effort to rid the entire Command of all acts of criminalities and restore lasting peace and security in the State.
“You will equally remember that, in my previous press conferences, I have resolved that through the ongoing Police search and rescue operations across the State, all the kidnapped victims currently in captivity will be rescued unconditionally and re-united with their families.
“To God be the glory, with the support of the State Government under the leadership of Dr. Bello Matawalle, the Police Tactical Operatives deployed to different locations of the State have succeeded in rescuing 24 kidnapped victims in Shinkafi and Tsafe LGAs respectively.
“Among whom were the four Students of Government Day Secondary School Birnin Yero in Shinkafi LGA who were abducted while writing their WAEC Exams and one other student of Federal Polytechnic Kaura Namoda.
“On 22nd November, 2021 at about 1900hrs, Police Tactical Operatives deployed along Shinkafi axis, while on search and rescue Operations with regards to the abduction of Students of Government Day Secondary school, Birnin Yero in Shinkafi LGA, and other victims acted on intelligence information and rescued the students along with eight others.
“The victims who spent 60 days in captivity have now been rescued unconditionally. All the rescued victims will be medically checked, undergo Police debriefing before handing them over to the State Government to be reunited 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.