Nigerian Military Forces rescue kidnap victims, kill one bandit in Kaduna
Charles Nwoke, Kaduna, Nigeria
May 8, 2021
Above image courtesy of local sources, fair use.
Security agencies on Friday engaged bandits rescued kidnap victims and killed one of the bandits, leaving others with various degrees of bullet wounds on the Kaduna-Zaria Highway.
Samuel Aruwan, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, who confirmed the development in a statement disclosed that people abducted by the bandits were rescued and cattle rustled recovered.
He said the bandits had earlier raided a Fulani settlement at Kukumake village where they abducted people and rustled cattle.
The Commissioner said, “Troops and police operatives in the early hours of today, Friday, 7th May 2021 engaged armed bandits in the Rigachikun axis of the Kaduna-Zaria dual carriageway in Igabi LGA.
“The bandits had earlier attacked a Fulani settlement belonging to a popular herder, Damina Kukumake, at Kukumake village.
“The bandits who kidnapped some members of the herder’s family also rustled several cattle and were making their escape when security agencies received a distress call.
“The security personnel comprising troops of the army and air force, as well as police operatives, made contact with the bandits as they attempted to cross the Kaduna-Zaria expressway.
“In the fierce gun duel, a notorious bandit, one Habu Bawale, was neutralized. Many other bandits escaped with bullet wounds.
“During the gunfight, the abducted hostages escaped and the rustled cattle scattered. After a check, the remaining cattle were recovered as some were confirmed to have been killed in the skirmish.
He added that “Troops and police operatives are now combing the general area in a clearance operation.”