Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting
Twenty-one pupils of the Islamiyya School in Rini town, Bakura Local Government Area of Zamfara State, have been rescued by operatives of Zamfara State Police Command.
The pupils who were released Saturday January 1, 2022, were abducted by bandits on the eve of New Year in the state.
The police command also confirmed that an Islamiyya school teacher, Mallam Lawali Ibrahim and a driver were still in custody of the abductors.
The Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Shehu Mohammed, while addressing journalists on Saturday in Gusau, said the victims were rescued by security operatives after a gun duel with the bandits.
He said the Islamiyya school children and their teacher were travelling to Dandume in Katsina State when the armed bandits blocked the highway and abducted several commuters along the road.
“On 31st December, 2021 at about 11:00 p.m., a distress call was received from Kucheri Village via Tsafe Local Government Area that armed bandits in their large number blocked Gusau-Funtua Federal Highway at Kucheri axis and abducted unspecified number of commuters in five different vehicles.
“Police tactical operatives in conjunction with the military promptly responded to the distress call and moved to the scene where they engaged the bandits in a gun battle.
“The police operatives succeeded in rescuing 21 kidnapped children including two females who were coming from Rini Village in Bakura Local Government Area to Katsina State along with their teacher named Lawali Ibrahim,” he noted.
The police spokesman further disclosed that the school teacher, driver of a bus and other commuters were still in captivity.
He added that the Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Elkana, has deployed operatives to ensure the rescue of the kidnapped victims.