By Ibrahim HassanWuyo
The Kaduna state government has said that troops carrying out internal security operations rescued 9 people kidnapped on the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday afternoon.
The Kaduna state government made this known in a statement, which received Operational Thunder Strike (OPTS) operational comments from Defense Headquarters following Sunday’s incident and citizen inquiries on the development.
Samuel Aruwan, commissioner of the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, in a statement, explained that the comments are as follows:
“Operation Thunder Strike troops on a routine patrol along the Akilubu-Gidan Busa axis on the Kaduna-Abuja highway, received a call for help at around 4:00 pm from bandits blocking the main road.
The armed bandits opened fire on a bus, forcing the driver to stop.
Upon arrival at the scene, the armed bandits had already kidnapped nine people from an 18-seater bus with registration No. Kaduna: MKA-151.
The troops immediately mobilized and engaged the bandits in a shootout and in the process rescued nine kidnapped people who then rejoined their colleagues after their rescue and a count. (Photos attached).
Unfortunately, the driver and a passenger sitting near him lost their lives.
The Kaduna state government sends its condolences to their families and prays to God to grant them eternal rest.
Following this summary of the military, the government assures citizens and travelers traveling the route that any emerging developments regarding the unfortunate incident will be reported.
The government also assures the citizens of Kaduna state that it will continue to work hard, in collaboration with the Federal Government, to improve road safety. It is also working with the governments of the states of Zamfara, Katsina, Niger, Nasarawa, Plateau, Sokoto and Kano, as well as with the Army, Police, DSS and relevant stakeholders to improve the security situation in the region ” .