39 Abductees Rescued as Nigerian Troops Engage Bandits in Fierce Shoot-outs on Kaduna Highways

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Charles Nwoke, Abuja, Nigeria
November 30, 2020 

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The Kaduna State Government in a statement that revealed the flinty security condition in and around the State on Monday said the Nigerian military rescued 39 abducted victims on the Kaduna-Zaria highway.

In the statement, which contained the security updates the state government said it received from the military authorities on recent military missions in the state, disclosed how robbers have seized the major highways in the state, tormenting the road users.

Samuel Aruwan, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Homeland Affairs, in the statement, told newsmen that soldiers engaged armed bandits in a serious gun duel on the Kaduna-Abuja and Kaduna-Zaria roads respectively in the late hours of Sunday and Monday in the military’s latest aggression against the criminals.

“At Kwanar Tsintsiya axis of Kaduna-Zaria Road, Igabi local government, troops of 4 Battalion Nigerian Army overpowered the armed bandits that were shooting at motorists plying the route.

“One of the bandits was neutralized while several escaped with bullet wounds. Furthermore, the troops rescued 39 persons traveling to Onitsha from Sokoto from the armed bandits. The troops are still trailing the bandits to areas said to be their enclave.

“The troops also responded to distress calls about bandits attacking and rustling in the same general area. On arriving at the location, the troops recovered 69 cattle while one of the armed bandits was neutralized. Pictures of the bandits neutralized, rescued citizens, and recovered cattle are attached.

“On the Kaduna-Abuja Road, bandits advancing towards the Audu-Jungom axis in Chikun local government on Sunday 29th November 2020 were repelled by troops.

“The bandits were pursued to Ungwan Tuta, from where the troops lost contact with the bandits. They were denied freedom of action as they couldn’t carry out their nefarious act.

“In the early hours of today Monday, 30th November 2020, troops successfully dislodged armed bandits along the Kaduna-Abuja road. However, a stray bullet fired by the criminals hit a driver and passenger.