by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna State Police Command says it has foiled several terrorists’ attacks in three other communities across Kaduna State within a sperm of 24 hours, between 5th and 6th April, 2022.
The Command, in a statement issued on Wednesday and signed by its spokesman, ASP Mohammed Jalige, stated that the attacks were foiled in communities in Birinin Gwari, Chikun and Igabi LGAs of Kaduna State, respectively.
“On the 5th April, 2022, the Kaduna Police Command was in receipt of a report through Divisional Police Officer Buruku, stating that on the same date at about 1400hrs, a distress call was received to the effect that some unspecified number of armed bandits had blocked the Buruku-Birnin Gwari Road around Kwanan Ruwa Village of Chikun LGA, and were in their desperate attempt to kidnap commuters.
“On getting the information, Operatives were immediately mobilised to the area and upon sighting the Operatives, the bandits started shooting berserk in an effort to whisk away their victims.
“The Operatives tactically engaged them, which eventually forced the marauding bandits to retreat into the nearby bush, abandoning their victims, which the Officers rescued unhurt.
“The victims were subsequently taken to the Police Station where four persons were profiled as Samaila Mustapha ‘M’ of Rigasa Village Kaduna, Abdulrahaman Dauda ‘M’, Zubairu Haliru ‘M’ and Shamsu Dalhatu ‘M’, all of Buruku Village of Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.
“They were later released to their families, while the recovered vehicle is handed over to the owner upon proper documentation,” it stated.
“Similarly, a foiled attempted kidnap at Barakallau area of Rigachikun by the Operatives of the Command alongside reinforcements from the Nigerian Army had today, 6th April, 2022, at about 0045hrs, intercepted some group of armed bandits, who forced their way into the Barakallahu community in their usual criminal manner to kidnap residents.
“The Operatives responded promptly; engaged them in a fierce gun duel, which lasted for about two hours, forcing the bandits to rescind their mission and fled into the forest with varying bullet wounds.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that no one was kidnapped in the community and no injury to any resident and the security forces. Normalcy is restored in the environs as rigorous patrol is being intensified to forestall further attacks.
“The Command is appreciative of the prompt report of these bandits’ movement to security agencies that resulted into thwarting of these two attempted incidences, and urged them to sustain the partnership to enable us safeguard our respective communities from these criminal elements.”
On Kamaso community, a popular settlement along Yakowa New Road, bandits reportedly invaded the area around 12am on Tuesday, killing one person and kidnapping several others.
Eyewitness said a motorcyclist ran to the bandits during their operation, and was killed along with the passenger he was dropping.