The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Kaduna State Command has disclosed that it foiled an attempted kidnapping incident and also rescued five victims from the bandits.
It explained that the achieved feat was in line with the command’s relentless effort to curb the menace of banditry, kidnapping, rustling, and armed robbery in the state.
The Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammad Jalige, said that the kidnap incident was attempted by some bandits numbering 10 with sophisticated weapons on Friday.
Through a statement on Sunday, Jalige said that the bandits blocked Kaduna to Birnin Gwari road in an attempt to kidnap five occupants of a Volkswagen Golf vehicle with Reg.No DKA 539 TU, heading towards Birnin Gwari from Kaduna.
“On receiving the report, patrol team attached to Buruku Division immediately swung into action, engaged the bandits in fierce gun duel, and successfully repelled the bandits who scampered into the forest with various degrees of bullet wounds and rescued all the occupants of the vehicle safely. Effort is on high gear to ensure the fleeing bandits are apprehended,” the statement said.
According to the police spokesman, the rescued victims have since been reunited with their families.
Jalige also disclosed that a suspected arms dealer was arrested by operatives and one bandit killed, adding the command recovered eight SMG rifles, one pistol, and 85 rounds of 7.62 X39mm live ammunition in Saminaka forest of Lere Local Government Area of the state on the same day.
He said that investigation into the matter had been launched and the remaining suspects confessed to be transporting the arms and ammunitions to bandits in Niger, Kaduna, Zamfara, and Katsina States.
He said that on the same date, two suspected rustlers were arrested by detectives with 32 rustled cows and 10 sheep recovered in Ladduga village of Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
He noted that the feat was not unconnected to the renewed collaboration between the police and communities in the areas through prompt intelligence sharing.
“The command appreciate the awesome gesture and call on all and sundry to support the Police in that direction as it assures them of absolute confidentiality while acting on shared intelligence.
“In his effort to sustain the gains recorded so far in the fight against criminality in the state, the Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, has charged his officers and men to work very closely with the locals to improve on the current onslaught,” Jalige said.