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Kaduna terrorists switch to “swap” strategy: Kidnapped over 50, freed over 60 victims

 by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

In Kaduna, bandits (recently declared as terrorists) are not only having a field day operating unchallenged, they’ve introduced new tactics into their terrorism activities.

Barely a day after kidnapping over 50 persons from a community in Kaduna State, the bandits, in turn released over 60 emaciated-looking church members, who were kidnapped in Kakau, in the state, after several weeks in captivity.

Surprisingly, the victims were released about twenty-four hours after over 50 others were reportedly abducted in a close proximity in Ungwan Gimbiya in Sabon Tasha community in the State by the bandits.

Two persons were reportedly gunned down before the terrorists swept away the over 50 others in one operation that lasted for a short while.

Speaking, while receiving the freed kidnapped victims from the military custody on Friday, the State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, said the victims comprised of those abducted from Emmanuel Baptist Church Jaji, and those from Baptist Church in Kakau, including some of those kidnapped on Abuja-Kaduna highway.

He said the military operatives on the fateful day put a call to the State Government and said it’s in possession of the kidnapped victims, and was ready to hand them over to the State Government.

The commissioner further explained that the State Government decided to handover the victims to the Baptist Church leadership and their parents to go back to their families.

He also averred that government is ready to carry out a “post kidnapping evaluation” and rehabilitation of the affected victims when and where necessary to relieve them of the physiological and traumatized experience they went through in the hands of the bandits.

Many of the release kidnapped victims were, however, reunited with their parents and guidance immediately; many among them were singing and praising God for their release.

In all of these two successful banditry operations, the security operatives could not be alerted in time to confront the terrorists’ activities in the areas of the state. Although, the issue of how much was paid to the terrorists was not mentioned, it was alleged that the victims were not set free without ransom.

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