Niger police rescue 13 kidnap victims
The Niger State Police Command saved 13 kidnap victims from Gurara and Paiko local governments in the state.
Emmanuel Umar (the state’s commissioner of Internal Security and Humanitarian Affairs), disclosed that the rescue operation was made possible by a tip-off from residents in the area. This led to the subsequent raid and rescue operations for the victims.
Some of the gunmen were injured in the gun battle that ensued and they escaped with bullet wounds, abandoning their victims.
The statement partly read;
“On December 30, 2022, at about 1 pm, following a tip-off that some roving gunmen were sighted around Bonu, Gwalu, and Chimbi areas of Gurara and Paikoro LGAs, a joint security force raided the areas, and during the raid, the criminals were routed and engaged in a gun battle.
“In the course of this, the majority of the gunmen scampered for safety as some of them escaped with bullet injuries. The 13 kidnap victims, who were abducted from different locations and held captives, were abandoned by the abductors. They were rescued by security forces in Gurara LGA, Niger State.”
Those kidnapped have been identified as Ramatu Usman – 35 years, Jamila Jafaru – 15 years, Fatima Usman – 30 years, Hassana Usman, Salamatu Bio, Suleman Usman, Bayi Mohammed, and Awwalu Shagari, all kidnapped from Maje Daji via Dobi Gwagwalada Area Council, Federal Capital Territory.
Others rescued include Fauziya Musa, Nazifa Ibrahim, Mansura Musa, and Wasila Musa, all kidnapped from Gwalu village via Kafin-koro in Paikoro LGA of Niger State.