From Shu’aibu Ibrahim, Gusau
Police in Zamfara State have said that they rescued 32 victims taken as hostages by bandits in between January 26 and 30 this year.
SP Muhammad Shehu, the spokesperson of the state Police Command, made the disclosure to the media on the rescue mission, recently.
He said that the victims were rescued at various locations across the state, adding that 10 of them were abducted on the Sheme to Funtuwa Road, while some were returning from Lagos on their way to their villages in Birnin-Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
He added: “On January 26, 2022, police officers deployed on Mada Road used intelligence to rescue 10 hostages on the Sheme to Funtuwa Road in Katsina State.”
He said three hostages on the Sheme-Funtua Road were rescued by police on a tip-off.
He disclosed that the 19 hostages from Niger State had been rescued by the Nigerian Army and handed over to the police in Gusau.
Shehu said there were 19 other people abducted, including 15 men and four women.
“The gunmen abducted some from their farms and took them to Dansadau Forest where they were held hostage for two months,” he said.
The spokesman said the rescued persons had received special care and medical check-up and they would be handed over to the Niger State Commissioner of Police who would reunite them with their families.