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Zamfara police rescue 75-year-old kidnap victim after 2 months in bandits’ captivity



Zamfara State Police Command has rescued a 75-year-old man from kidnappers in Zamfara State.

Alhaji Muhammad Sheshi, a native of Enagi village in Edati Local Government Area of Niger State, had been in captivity for two months before he was rescued on Friday, Dec. 2.

The victim was medically checked at the Police clinic facility and later reunited with his family and relations.

According to a press statement signed and issued to newsmen in Gusau by Zamfara State Police spokesman, SP Mohammed Shehu, Sheshi was rescued by tactical operatives following intelligence report regarding the abduction of the victim.

The statement reads: “On December 2, 2022, the Zamfara State Police Command rescued a 75-year-old Mohammadu Sheshi, a native of Enagi in Edati LGA of Niger State. The rescue operation was conducted following the receipt of the intelligence report regarding the abduction of the victim.

“In the course of debriefing, the victim informed the police that he was abducted in early October, 2022 by large number of armed gunmen who blocked Birnin Gwari – Kaduna road and took others into the bush somewhere in Dansadau area of Zamfara State. That he spent two months in captivity.

“The victim while at the Police Command Headquarters, Gusau, was medically checked at the police clinic facility and later re-united with his family/relations.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Kolo Yusuf, congratulates the rescued victim for regaining his freedom, and assures for police continuous commitment to protect lives and property of the citizens.

He, however, appealed to the general public to always give useful information to the security agencies in the State so as to end the security challenges bedevilling the entire state.

He said: “These bandits live and eat with community members, the villagers know them very well and the community members could assist the security agencies to do their work perfectly.

“Security operatives are not ghosts neither do they have any magic wand but depend on intelligence reports from the locals to confront the bandits in their enclaves.”

Yusuf assured that every piece of information would be treated in total confidence, stressing that the security of lives and properties is the responsibility of all law-abiding citizens and not the sole responsibility of security agencies.

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