The Katsina government has announced that no fewer than 104 people kidnapped by bandits in the state have been rescued.
Speaking after receiving a batch of 77 rescued persons escorted to the Katsina Government House by the heavily armed security operatives, Governor Aminu Masari said the government achieved this in collaboration with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Air Force, the Department of State Services (DSS), and other security agencies in the state.
Out of the 104 people rescued, 16 came from Sabuwa, Faskari and Dandume areas, 10 were from Danmusa, and the remaining 77 people came from Batsari and Jibia.
Masari said the rescue operation was in continuation of an exercise which started with the recovery of the recently abducted 344 students of the Government Science Secondary School.
“We saw an opener and we are working with the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in cooperation with the police, the army, the DSS, the air force, and other security agencies to bring back as many of the kidnapped victims as possible.
“The process is ongoing, we are doing this as quietly as we can to make sure that nobody is harmed and further kidnapping is stopped.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba said the rescue mission was successful after some of the bandits disclosed that they want peace in their domain.
Buba told newsmen;
“This process has been on for some days; we are making efforts to ensure that all those that are still in captivity are safely rescued without the payment of any ransom or hindrance.
“We hope and pray that this method will not only to be limited to Katsina State but will go beyond all other vulnerable states.”