Two female victims held up in a kidnappers' den in the Giwa local government area of Kaduna state have been rescued by the police.
A statement released by the state police public relations officer, DSP Muhammed Jalige, stated that on September 13, at about 4.40pm, operatives of Kaduna State Police Command on Operation Whirl Punch (OPWP) , while on routine crime prevention patrol and surveillance along Shillalai Road of Galadimawa district of Giwa LGA intercepted a gang of armed bandits bearing sophisticated weapons which resulted in a fierce exchange of fire.
“The bandits succumbed to the superior tactical fire power of the Police and fled in disarray into forest with varying degrees of bullet wounds,” it said
According to the statement, upon further push into the forest, the operatives rescued two female kidnapped victims who were abandoned by their fleeing abductors.
“An unregistered operational Honda Motorcycle belonging to the kidnappers was equally recovered. Preliminary investigation revealed the identities of the rescued victims as Halima Rabiu 16yrs and Suwaiba Nura 27yrs who were kidnapped at Dindibis Gangara of the same Galadimawa district.
Subsequently, the said victims were medically evaluated and handed over to their respective families as discreet investigation is still ongoing.''the statement said