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Police rescue 97 kidnap victims, 7 pregnant women, 10 children

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Zamfara Police Command has rescued 97 kidnapped victims including 7 pregnant women, 19 month old babies and 16 children after 3 months in captivity between Shinkafi and Tsafe local government areas of the state.

Receiving the victims at the state Police headquarters Gusau today (Tuesday), Commissioner of Police, CP Ayuba Elkana, said the success was achieved following receipt of credible information that kidnapped victims were seen stranded in the bush.

CP Elkana further said, following an intensive pressure mounted as a result of the ongoing military operations around the camp of a notorious bandits’ kingpin known as Bello Turji that covers Shinkafi, Zurmi and Birnin Magaji local government areas of the state.

“On the 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 group swung into action and rescued 68 victims in the forest.

“The victims were in captivity for over 3 months and they included 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 local government area of Sokoto State”, CP Elkana has added.

He further informed that, also on the 3rd of January, 2022, Police Tactical Operatives deployed in Tsafe axis had acted on credible information and stormed Kunchin Kalgo forest in Tsafe LGA and rescued 29 kidnapped victims unconditionally.

“The victims were kidnapped by bandits kingpin known as Ado Alero for over 60 days from 3 villages including Adarawa, Gana, and Bayawuri in Rijiya district of Gusau local government area, they included 25 female including pregnant/nursing mothers and 4 male children”, CP Elkana has stated.

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