Kano: Police gun down kidnappers, rescue victims

The Kano State Police Command said it gunned down three kidnappers and rescued two kidnapped victims that were abducted in Katsinawa village of Tudun Wada Local Government Area of the state.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, said they have also recovered one locally-made AK-47 Rifle with 6 live ammunition, and that some angry mob also sets one of the kidnappers ablaze while in the operation.

He said they received a report on Saturday at about 0130hrs, that gunmen stormed the residence of Elisha Aminu of Katsinawa Village, Tudun Wada LGA, kidnapped his two daughters, Zainab Elisha, 18, and Nafisa Elisha, 16, and fled toward the fringes of Falgore Forest.

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“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi raised and instructed a team of Operation Puff Adder, led by SP Kabir Aminu, Divisional Police Officer, Tudun Wada Division, and operatives from Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Squad led by SP Shehu Dahiru to rescue the victims and arrest the culprits.

“The teams simultaneously swung into action with the help of a local vigilante group called “Yan Bula”.

“The forest was combed and the gunmen were trapped, as a result, a gun duel erupted for about 2 hours.

“Three of the kidnappers were gunned down and the two victims were rescued unhurt with no casualty on the part of the rescue team.

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“One locally made AK-47 Rifle with 6 live ammunition recovered. An angry mob also set one of the kidnappers ablaze.”

Kiyawa added that the bodies of the kidnappers were taken to the Tudun Wada General Hospital where a medical doctor certified them dead, adding that the victims have reunited with their families.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police warned that criminals will have no hiding place in Kano, advising that they either repent or leave the State completely, “otherwise, they will be arrested and face the full wrath of the Law.”

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