Fifteen abducted persons have been rescued in a series of operations by men of the Nigeria Police Force in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, the state government said.
Samuel Aruwan, the state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs who made the disclosure on Saturday, April 3, said the police command confirmed the rescue to the state government.
“The rescue operations were successfully carried out in different locations in Chikun Local Government Area,” Aruwan said.
While giving the details of the rescue operations, the commissioner explained that three women who were kidnapped in the Rijiya Uku area on November 18, 2020 by terrorists who attacked a neighboring state were rescued in the operation.
“Since then, the bandits have been moving the hostages around to evade security forces, eventually crossing into the Chikun Local Government Area,” he said.
The commissioner further added that following a tip-off on Thursday, April 1, after the abducted victims had been sighted, police officers mobilised to the area and engaged the terrorists, forcing them to flee and abandoning their captives.
Further detailing the operation, he said that the police in another operation rescued 12 persons who were abducted along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road.
Aruwan said the 12 persons were found by the operatives on a routine patrol in Buruku forest and eventually rescued them while the criminals escaped.
In recent times kidnapping has been on the rise across the state.
In March, yet to be identified shooters stormed and kidnapped over 30 students in an overnight raid on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in the state.
The abducted students have now spent over three weeks with their captors and have pleaded with the government to come to their rescue.
Parents of the victims have also carried out peaceful protests to the state government urging them to hasten the release of their children.
The abduction made it the fourth mass school abduction since December 2020 in a country where violence is on the increase.