The Kaduna State government has confirmed the rescue of 13 kidnapped persons from bandits in Gwagwada, Chikun local government area of the state.
Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan, revealed this in a statement yesterday in Kaduna.
He explained that the 13 citizens, originally from Dutse, went to work at a farm called Tanadi Farm which is located around Bakin Kasuwa in Gwagwada general area of Chikun local government area where they were attacked by armed bandits.
Aruwan said troops trailed the bandits to a forest near Bana village and engaged them in a gun duel after receiving credible intelligence of the abduction.
“The 13 citizens were thus rescued. They are listed as follows: Kenth Yusuf Izra Ali, Josiah Luka, Istifanus Suman Helen Ibrahim, Justina Gofwen, Ibrahim Madaki, Biyaya Yusuf,Sani Bello Lucy Dada, Anayi Ezekiel, Benjamin Daniel, and Musa Usman.”
Unfortunately, the troops discovered that the bandits had shot 2 volunteers before their arrival. “The two deceased were identified as Ezekiel Iliya and Nasara Yohanna. The bandits also burnt a church and looted some houses in the area.”
According to Aruwan, on receiving the report, Governor Nasir El-Rufai thanked the troops and commended them warmly for the successful rescue operation.