Police Rescue 97 Abductees in Zamfara


BY SEGUN ADEBAYO – The Zamfara State Police Command says efforts at winning the war against banditry and kidnapping in the State are yielding results with the recent rescue of 97 kidnapped victims.

The State Commissioner of Police, Ayuba N. Elkana, said at a media briefing in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital that those rescued unconditionally from the kidnappers’ den recently include seven (7) pregnant women, 19 babies, whose ages are between 2-7 months old and 16 children between the ages of 2-7yrs old.

According to the Police Commissioner, the successes being recorded were due to effective collaboration between the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and other security agencies, particularly the Nigerian Military.

The statement by Command titled; “Police Rescue 97 Kidnapped Victims In Zamfara State” and signed by CP Elkana read thus; “Series of achievements are being recorded by the Zamfara State Police Command, in collaboration with other security agencies, in the ongoing operations across the State.

“You may recall that, in my previous press briefing I made mentioned that Police, in collaboration with other Security Agencies, especially the Military, were carrying out extensive operations at various bandits’ enclaves.

“The operations have resulted to series of arrest of notorious bandits, recovery of sophisticated arms/ammunition and rescued of kidnapped victims that runs into hundreds.

“To God be the glory, today we are here to brief you on another landmark achievement recorded by the joint Tactical operatives in Shinkafi and Tsafe LGAs, where ninety seven (97) kidnapped victims, including 7 pregnant women, 19 2-7 months old babies and 16 2-7yrs old children were rescued unconditionally.

“The breakdown of number of rescued victims in each of the two (2) Local Government areas are enumerated below;


“Following an extensive pressure mounted as a result of the ongoing Military operation around the camp of a notorious bandit’s kingpin known as Bello Turji that covers Shinkafi, Zurmi and Birnin Magaji Local Government areas. On 3rd January, 2022, Police Tactical operatives deployed at Shinkafi axis received an intelligence report that, some kidnapped victims were seen stranded in the bush.

“The Police operatives in collaboration with genuine repentant bandits and vigilante swung into action and rescued sixty eight (68) victims from the forest.

“The victims were in captivity for over three months and they include 33 male adult, 7 male children, 3 female children and 25 women, including pregnant/nursing mothers respectively. The victims held from Magarya, Maradun, Gusau of Zamfara State and Sabon Birni LGA in Sokoto State.


“On Monday 3rd January, 2022, Police Tactical operatives deployed in Tsafe axis acted on intelligence report and stormed Kunchin Kalgo forest in Tsafe LGA and rescued twenty nine (29) kidnapped victims unconditionally.

“The victims were abducted for over 60 days from three villages namely; Adarawa, Gana and Bayawuri in Rijiya District of Gusau LGA, they include 25 female including pregnant/nursing mothers and 4 male children. The victims were said to have been abducted by a Bandits’ kingpin Ado Aleru.

“All the rescued victims are currently receiving medical treatment from the joint medical teams of the State Government and the Police. They will be debriefed, hand over to the State Government before being reunited with their families.

“Finally, I want to use this opportunity to express our appreciation to the State Government under the leadership of His Excellency Dr. Bello Muhammad Matawalle MON, for his continuous support and assistance to the Police and other security agencies in the State.

“This kind gesture has gone along way in making security operatives more effective and efficient in the discharge of their duties.

“Thank You and God Bless.”

CP Ayuba N. Elkana psc (+)
Commissioner of Police,
Zamfara State Command

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