Zamfara Police Commissioner CP Ayuba Elkana has disclosed that the rescue of 165 victims including pregnant women was a joint effort with other security operatives
He said, achievement recorded by the joint Tactical operatives in Shinkafi and Tsafe LGAs, where ninety-seven (97) kidnapped victims including seven pregnant women, 19 2-7 months old babies and 16 2-7yrs old children were rescued unconditionally.
The breakdown of the number of rescued victims in each of the two (2) Local Government areas are enumerated below
According to him, “following an extensive pressure mounted as a result of the ongoing Military operation around the camp of a notorious bandit’s kingpin known as Bello Turji that covers Shinkafi, Zurmi and Birnin Magaji Local Government areas. On 3rd January 2022, Police Tactical operatives deployed at Shinkafi axis received an intelligence report that, some kidnapped victims were seen stranded in the bush. The Police operatives in collaboration with genuine repentant bandits and vigilante swung into action and rescued sixty-eight (68) victims from the forest. The victims were in captivity for over three months and they include 33 male adult, 7 male children, 3 female children and 25 women including pregnant/nursing mothers respectively. The victims were held from Magarya, Maradun, Gusau of Zamfara State and Sabon Birni LGA in Sokoto State.