No fewer than 104 people kidnapped by bandits in Katsina State have been rescued.
This was made known by the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, after receiving a batch of 77 rescued persons escorted to the State House by heavily armed security operatives.
He revealed that 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.
The Governor further explained that this feat was not achieved by the government alone as 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 played a collaborative effort in rescuing the kidnapped persons.
He stated that their rescue was in continuation of an exercise which started with the recovery of the recently abducted 344 students of the Government Science Secondary School in Ƙankara.
“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 governor said.
Also addressing journalists, the Commissioner of Police in Katsina, Sanusi Buba, says that efforts are ongoing to ensure that all those that are still in captivity are safely rescued without the payment of any ransom or hindrance.