On Wednesday, Nigerian Army troops were able to free eighteen female abduction victims from their captors and deliver them to the Katsina State Government.
This occurs just a few days after 55 wedding guests—who were allegedly escorting a bride—were abducted by alleged bandits near Damari town in the state’s Sabuwa Local Government Area.
Brig.-Gen. Oluremi Fadairo, the Brigade Commander of the 17th Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Katsina, stated that the soldiers conducted a rescue operation to the bandits’ enclaves in the Yan-Tumaki and Dan-Ali forests.
He clarified that following a successful gunfight with the terrorists, the soldiers were able to successfully evacuate the victims.
After that, Fadairo gave the victims to Dr. Nasiru Mu’azu, the State Commissioner for Home Affairs and Internal Security.
He emphasized that the Nigerian Army is prepared to keep working toward the state’s long-term peace restoration.
In order to guarantee the release of all other kidnapped victims, the commander gave the Brigade’s employees orders to continue conducting such rescue operations.
In response, Mu’azu reiterated the government’s utmost commitment to bringing about long-term peace in the state.
Governor Dikko Radda has made significant investments in the security sector, as Mu’azu noted, and “the investments have been yielding positive results.”
The commissioner encouraged the military and other security services to keep up the pace and praised them for their valiant efforts to restore peace to the state.
Thus, he counseled the bandits, kidnappers, and other criminals to turn from their sins right away or else suffer a host of unpleasant repercussions.
The commissioner also gave security agents the assurance that every effort was being made by the government to free the women who were abducted while traveling to a wedding in Sabuwa Local Government.
He also cautioned people against traveling at night for their own safety, especially in the front-line local governments.
Mu’azu also exhorted the populace of the state to consistently contribute by offering helpful information regarding offenders and their hiding places.
Later, the commissioner gave each of the rescued victims N100,000 on Radda’s behalf.
The women who were saved were abducted from the Karaduwa, Sayaya, Dangani, and Wawar-Kaza communities in the Matazu, Musawa, and Kankara Local Government Areas at various points in time.
13-year-old JSS 2 student Firdausi Bishir, one of the victims, claimed that she had been kidnapped from Sayaya and had been in the bandits’ den for 91 days.
She expressed her gratitude to the Almighty Allah, whose boundless mercy allowed the soldiers to save them.
When they got back to their houses, the girl thanked the governor again for giving them the money to start businesses.