In a daring operation, Bauchi State Police operatives engaged in a fierce gun battle with kidnappers, resulting in the successful rescue of 39 victims, while 10 of the abductors met their end in the Jan-Dutse community within Yankari forest. This remarkable mission was executed by the Command’s Operation Sharan Daji team, in collaboration with local hunters, under the leadership of CSP Makama Magaji.
The Bauchi Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, reported that the police acted upon credible intelligence, swiftly descending upon the forest where the kidnappers were holding their victims captive. What followed was an intense firefight that showcased the police’s superior firepower.
During the exchange of gunfire, 10 kidnappers were neutralized, while the remaining culprits fled in different directions, bearing the wounds of their failed criminal endeavor. The rescued victims consisted of 28 adult males, eight adult females, and three infants.
After receiving essential medical care at the General Hospital in Alkaleri local government area, the kidnapped victims were joyfully reunited with their families, marking a triumphant end to their harrowing ordeal.
Wakili disclosed that the kidnappers had demanded a staggering N50 million ransom from each victim, a demand that was thwarted by the swift and heroic actions of the police.
The names of the rescued victims include Muhammadu Sardauna, Meshack Isyaku, Mustapha Muhammadu, Marafa Kasu, Sale Dan Asabe, Alh Amadu Hassan, Saddik Isa, Mannirul Hassan, Aminu Alhaji Baushe, Rabiu Adamu, Yahaya Abubakar, Hamisu Hashim, and Muhammadu Bello, among others.
The female victims who were rescued from captivity are Khadija Abbas, Usaina Muhammadu Sani, Rose Bulus, Hakuda Adamu, Shamsiya Abdulhakim, Fatima Sunusi, Maimuna Iliyasu, and Aisha Yusuf.
Commending the bravery and dedication of the operatives, Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, CP Auwal Musa Muhammad, assured the citizens that the fight against crime would continue relentlessly. He called for unwavering support for the police and other law enforcement agencies, promising that they would not cease their efforts until normalcy was restored across the State.