A total of 21 students who were abducted in Zamfara State has been rescued, however, their teacher is still with the abductors, Siggy reports.
Briefing newsmen in Gusau on Saturday, the spokesperson for the Zamfara State police command, SP Mohammed Shehu, said, the children included 19 boys and two girls.
“The 21 kidnapped children including two female were among the people abducted by suspected armed bandits at Kucheri Village, along Gusau–Funtua Road on December 31, 2021 at about 2300hrs.
“On December 31, 2021 at about 2300hrs, a distress call was received from Kucheri Village via Tsafe LGA that armed bandits in their large number blocked Gusau–Funtua Federal Highway at Kucheri axis, and abducted unspecified number of commuters in five different vehicles.
“Police Tactical Operatives in conjunction with the military promptly responded to the distress call and moved to the scene, where they engaged the hoodlums in a serious gun battle.
“The police operatives succeeded in rescuing 21 kidnapped children including two females who were coming from Rini Village in Bakura LGA to Katsina State for Almajiri Islamiyya school along with their teacher named Lawali Ibrahim,” Shehu disclosed.
Th police command also confirmed that the teacher of the students, Lawali Ibrahim, and the driver of their Hummer Bus vehicle were among the victims that are currently in captivity.
“The command is calling on the general public especially drivers and passengers to desist from night journey.
“The night time is the period that is mostly used by the bandits to block roads and kidnap commuters in the state.
“On its part, the police command will continue to work assiduously to ensure the safety and security of the citizenry”. Concluded Shehu.”