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Army rescues nine abductees, 90 cows during bandits hideouts raid

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Nigerian Army has rescued no fewer than nine abductees and recovered 90 cows as well as four motorcycles during a raid of bandits’ hideouts in Kaduna State.

As gathered, the troops engaged bandits on the Tantatu high ground, forcing the gunmen to abandon their camp and fled further into the forest to avoid being killed and apprehended.

They were said to have engaged Operation Forest Sanity during a patrol of suspected bandit hideouts in Kaso, Chikun Local Government.

After they fled from their hideouts, the troops were said to have searched their camp and rescued the victims identified as: Salama Oliver, Husseini Odu, Danjuma Jakanwa, Ezekiel Garba, Obadiah Moses, Taiwo Isaac, Buky Isaac, Ado Adamu, and Maigari Shekarau

The Commissioner, the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the victims’ rescue through a statement made available to newsmen on Monday.

According to the statement, “initial debriefing of the rescued victims revealed that they had all been kidnapped around the Gurara Dam area.

“The troops also recovered 90 cattle left behind by the fleeing bandits. The animals will be handed over to the Kaduna State Livestock Regulatory Authority for proper identification.

“Further clearance patrols to Bawa Rikasa hill led to the recovery of four motorcycles belonging to the bandits. Meanwhile, the nine rescued persons will undergo further debriefing and examination before being reunited with their families. Fighting patrols will continue in the general area”.

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