By Henry Okonkwo
Zamfara State Police Command has intercepted some notorious bandits along the Gusau–Sokoto Highway and rescued 11 kidnapped victims abducted by armed hoodlums.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Hussaini Rabiu, said this on Thursday in a statement by the command’s spokesperson, Mohammed Shehu.
CP Rabiu said, “The Zamfara State Police Command has succeeded in neutralising one of the armed bandits who blocked Gusau – Sokoto Road at Dogon Karfe axis kidnapping 12 commuters.”
According to the commissioner, the police repelled the attacks on Wednesday at about 1:00pm when a large number of armed bandits blocked Gusau–Sokoto Road at Dogon Karfe axis terrorising and abducting commuters.
He said, “Police tactical operatives on patrol along the road was quickly mobilised to the location.
“On arrival at the scene, they were heavily engaged in a gun duel with the bandits who have already abducted innocent commuters.
“They (bandits) were about to head into the forests with their victims before police operatives gallantly repelled them.
“During the shootout, one of the bandits was fatally injured while 11 kidnapped victims were instantly rescued by the operatives.”
The police CP disclosed that the police have intensified efforts in raiding kidnappers’ dens in the state to free the remaining captive already taken into forests by the bandits.
“The command is intensifying various search and rescue strategies to safely rescue the remaining victim who was taken to the forest before police arrived.
“All the rescued victims have been reunited with their families,” he added.
The police boss reaffirmed the commitment and determination of the command to bring to an end the lingering security challenges in Zamfara State.