by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Troops have reportedly rescued 13 kidnapped persons from bandits in Gwagwada, Chikun local government area of Kaduna State, commissioner internal security and home affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, has revealed.
In a statement on Wednesday, Mr Aruwan indicated that the 13 citizens, originally from Dutse, went to work at a farm called Tanadi Farm, which is located around Bakin Kasuwa in Gwagwada general area of Chikun LGA, when they were attacked by the armed bandits.
He stated that the troops, on receiving credible intelligence of the abduction trailed the bandits to a forest near Bana Village and there engaged them in a gun duel. “The 13 citizens were thus rescued. They are listed as Kenth Yusuf, Izra Ali, Josiah Luka Istifanus Suman, Helen Ibrahim, Justina Gofwen, Ibrahim Madaki, Biyaya Yusuf, Sani Bello, Lucy Dada, Anayi Ezekiel, Benjiman Daniel and Musa Usman, respectively.
The statement added that, “After the operations, the troops discovered that the bandits had shot two ‘volunteers’ before their arrival. The two deceased were identified as: Ezekiel Iliya and Nasara Yohanna. The bandits also burnt a church and looted some houses in the area,” it stated.
“Receiving the report, Governor Nasir El-Rufai thanked the troops and commended them warmly for the successful rescue operation. He also commiserated with the families of the deceased volunteers, and prayed for the repose of their souls.
“The governor also extended his sympathy to the leadership and members of the razed church over the unfortunate attack, and directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to conduct an immediate assessment of the damage,” it noted.