An unspecified number of bandits have been neutralized by Nigerian troops after 10 chained kidnapped victims were rescued from their camps at Apewohe in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.
According to Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, the chained kidnap victims were rescued by the Nigerian Army troops of Operation Forest Sanity during clearance operations conducted across some hard-to-reach locations spanning Chikun and Igabi LGAs.
Aruwan noted that the operation extended to Dakwala and Kunai hills in the same LGA, where more bandits’ hideouts were cleared, though no contact was made with bandits.
“Another camp was similarly dislodged at a location known as ‘Daban Lawal Kwalba’ in Igabi LGA, after the troops overpowered heavily armed bandits guarding hostages,” he said.
The troops after clearing out the bandits stormed the hideouts and rescued ten chained kidnap victims who were bound with ropes and chains. The images attached depict the dire situation in which the hostages were found.
The troops untied the hostages, who were identified as follows:
- Surajo Aliyu
- Ayuba Yakubu
- Ibrahim Abdulrasheed
- Aliyu Mohammed
- Magaji Tasiu
- Nasiru Ahmed
- Mohammadu lbrahim
- Ayuba Abdulsalam
- Kelvin Musa
- Paul Patrick
The troops who came under further attack in the thick forest, successfully evacuated the hostages to a military facility where they are receiving medical attention before being reunited with their families.
Furthermore, a camp was cleared at Rafin Gwaska, Igabi LGA, where the following items were recovered, among other effects:
- Three locally made rifles
- One AK-47 magazine
- One AK-47 top cover
- Four Bafoeng radio chargers
- Eleven mobile phones
- Three music boxes
- Two sets of military uniforms
- One frag jacket
- Spanners, knives and chains
Source: Kaduna State Government