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Zamfara lawmaker family members, others rescued from bandits

(L-R) Hauwau Mu’azu Magarya and her newborn baby alongside other rescued victims of banditry/kidnap. Photo: Abdulrazak Kaura

16 kidnap victims including family members of Speaker, Zamfara State House of Assembly have been rescued from bandits.

At a press briefing by the Commissioner of Police, CP Ayuba N. Elkana, 11 of the rescued victims who narrated their ordeal said, they were rescued before getting to the bandits camp.

CP Ayuba explained that 11 out of the 16 Kidnap Victims were kidnapped from Magamin Tandu Village in Kaura Namoda LGA and were rescued by Military and Vigilante during a Gun duel in Zurmi LGA.

While the others who are family members of the Speaker, Zamfara State House of Assembly Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya were rescued by the Police unconditionally.

In an interview with Radio Nigeria, Uncle to the Speaker, Malam Dahiru Saraki Magarya who confirmed their rescue after 57 days in captivity said, the Speaker’s father died in the custody of the bandits as a result of High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) as explained to him by one of the bandits.

Stepmother to the Speaker, Hauwau Mu’azu Magarya said she was kidnapped barely 3 weeks after she had a baby and emotionally recalled suffering illness while in captivity with her newborn baby (Khadijat Mu’azu Magarya) who is now 3 months old.

In a similar development, the Zamfara State Police Command has arrested 2 bandits collaborators who supply fuel and hard drugs to bandits.

CP Elkana who Paraded suspects said One of the Suppliers was apprehended using Peugeot 406, tinted and loaded with 2 sacks of substance suspected to be Marijuana and a large number of drugs to include tablets of Tramadol, Exole, and leaves of Cannabis sativa.

According to the police boss, an elderly man was arrested supplying fuel to bandits using an unregistered Car (Volks Wagen Golf Wagon) who normally buy fuel from filling Stations and package them in Jerrycans for onward supply to the bandits.

Reporting by Abdulrazak Kaura; editing by Muzha Kucha