76 kidnapped travellers rescued in Kaduna — Police

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The Kaduna Police Command says it rescued 76 kidnapped travellers along Funtua-Zaria Road at Gulbala area of Giwa Local Government Area of the State.

In a statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Mohammed Jalige, he disclosed that the victims were rescued on Friday, following the report received from the Police Divisional Headquarters, Giwa LGA.

According to him, the command received a report of scores of armed bandits blocking the road, and in the process, abducted scores of passengers, to their hidden location.

He explained that the command mobilised security operatives, including the military, and moved into the location, where they discovered an empty vehicle – a Ford open truck with Reg. No. APP 667 XG, said to have carried the kidnapped passengers.

It said the troops further dismantled all road blocks, engaged the armed bandits and successfully rescued all the 76 victims.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the victims who were passengers on the truck were travelling from Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State en-route to different destinations when they were intercepted by the marauders,” he said.

The Commissioner of Police, Yekini Ayoku, who expressed delight over the synergy between security operatives in the State, attributed the success to gallant efforts of the police and the army, just as he assured the public of continuous success against bandits and other criminals in the State.

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