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Police rescue 27 from abduction

Zamfara State Police Command has successfully rescued 27 people after they were abducted by armed men in Bukkuyum and Anka local government areas of the state.

The Spokesman of the command, SP Muhammad Shehu announced this during a press briefing at the command headquarters in Gusau, the state capital.

SP Shehu told reporters that the 27 victims had been abducted by bandits in Akawa, Gwashi, Tungar Rogo and some villages in Anka local government and taken to Gando/Bagega and Sunke forests in Bukkuyum and Anka local government areas, respectively.

According to him, the rescue of the captives was sequel to intelligence report gathered by the Command, indicating that a group of bandits had invaded the above villages and abducted a large number of people and taken them to Gando/Bagega/ Sunke forests, where they spent a week in captivity.

SP Shehu added that on receiving the report, the state Commissioner of Police, Kolo Yusuf deployed additional Police Tactical Operatives to reinforce DPOs in Anka and Bukkuyum local government areas and vigilantes to rescue the abducted victims.

The Command Public relations officer also said 17 of the 27 were brought to the Police Command Headquarters while the 10 other victims are currently in the hospital receiving medical attention, given the trauma they experienced while in captivity.

He added that all the victims have been debriefed by police detectives, and that the Commissioner of Police would formally hand over the victims to state commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, DIG Ibrahim Mamman Tsafe, who would, on behalf of the state government, reunite them with their families.

Reporting by Sani Dutsinma; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor