Police foil attempted kidnapping of 48 people in Kaduna

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Agents from the Kaduna State Police Command have thwarted a kidnapping attempt at the state’s Chikun Local Council, after overpowering criminals, who ambushed a team escorting merchants.

The Public Relations Officer of the Command Police, ASP Muhammed Jalige, in a statement, said yesterday: “On December 22, at approximately 09:30 a.m., a team of policemen escorted a convoy of merchants from the village of Udawa in Chikun City Hall along Birnin Gwari to Kaduna. Strong shots from armed bandits that led to the kidnapping of dozens of people.

“However, the escort team was reinforced and engaged the bandits in a tactical pursuit so as not to harm the victims.

“The precision of approach exhibited by the Officers forced the bandits to retreat, abandoning their victims and running around with bloody gunshot wounds.

“The Operatives managed to rescue forty-eight people to a safe place. They were profiled and subsequently escorted to their destination safely.

“It is equally important to note that the information available to the Command says that a woman has not yet been counted. Meanwhile, efforts are being intensified to ensure their safe return, while additional manpower will be mobilized to the area to safeguard the lives and property of the civilian population in the area. ”

Jalige said the Police Commissioner has commended the officers for their resilience in the face of danger while serving their homeland and has instructed them to be adequately equipped and alert as they embark on such duties.

In a related event, the PPRO said the command arrested three suspects and recovered 1,454 bottles of benyline with codeine syrup, 44 adulterated white gluta cream and eight bags of chemicals.

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According to him, on December 22, around 1800 hrs, the police patrol team attached to the Sabon Gari Division, Zaria, while on patrol for confidence building along the Kaduna – Zaria highway, intercepted a Ford vehicle unregistered and, upon vehicle registration, 1,454 bottles of Benylin with codeine syrup, 44 pieces of adulterated Gluta white cream, and 8 bags containing chemicals were recovered.

He said: “The incident led to the arrest of three occupants of said vehicle, while the preliminary investigation reveals that the products were to be supplied to suspected bandits in Yakawa Wada village in Giwa LGA Kaduna state.

“The investigation is currently ongoing, as the effort is aimed at arresting the recipient of the products and then charging him in court for prosecution.”

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