by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
An Indian expatriate has narrowly escaped kidnappers’ abduction in Kaduna State.
The incident occurred in Igabi local government area of the state, according to Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO) statement issued on Kaduna by ASP Muhammad Jalige.
The statement stressed that, “On the 21st June, 2021, at about 2133hrs, while on escort duty of an expatriate to Plan Farm Phase at Dankande area of Igabi LGA, Police Officers ran into an ambush laid by suspected armed bandits, who in their desperate attempt to kidnap the expatriate shot berserkly at the Officers, which however, was met with stiffer resistance from the Operatives.
“The gun duel lasted for some time but the Operatives were able to repel the bandits and secure the Indian expatriate unhurt,” it stated.
The bandits, according to the statement, fled into the forest with bullet wounds, adding that a joint team of the Police and Military personnel, while on search of the area on Tuesday 22nd June, 2021, recovered the lifeless body of one of the bandits.
“Police also recovered four (4) AK-47 magazines fully loaded with one hundred and twenty (120) rounds of live 7.62 X 39mm ammunitions and a mobile phone.
“The recovered body has been deposited at the morgue, while forensic analysis of the said phone is being carried out with the view of getting more details on the gang, their activities, as well as location for a possible dislodgement of their Camps.
“The Commissioner of Police, Kaduna Command, CP UM Muri, commended the act of gallantry exhibited by the Operatives and urged other Officers of the Command to emulate same,” the statement added.