80 kidnapped students of an Islamiya school in Katsina state have been rescued by the police alongside four victims who were also abducted by the bandits who rustled some cows.
The students who were returning from an Islamic occasion when they were abducted, were rescued after the police received distress calls.
A spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah confirmed the incident and also revealed that they’ve commenced an investigation into the incident.
Isah said;
“A distress call was received by DPO Dandume, that some Islamiyya Students of Hizburrahim Islamiyya, Mahuta village, Dandume LGA of Katsina state, numbering about Eighty (80), while on their way back from Maulud occasion celebrated at Unguwan Alkasim village, Dandume to Mahuta village, were accosted by bandits who had already kidnapped four(4) persons and rustled twelve (12) cows from Danbaure village, Funtua LGA, trying to escape into the forest.
“On receipt of the report, the DPO led Operations Puff Adder, Sharan Daji and Vigilante group to the area and engaged the bandits into a fierce gun duel. Subsequently, the teams succeeded in dislodging the bandits and rescued all the eighty-four (84) kidnapped victims and recovered all the twelve rustled cows
”Search parties are still combing the area with a view of arresting the injured bandits and/or recovery of their dead bodies.”

Photo: A mother is reunited on Friday with her son, who was among hundreds of students kidnapped in Katsina, Nigeria on Dec. 11.