The Russian embassy in Nigeria has said that six Russian sailors abducted by pirates near Benin's territorial waters in January have regained their freedom.
The embassy said the sailors, who were abducted on Wednesday, January 2, during an attack against the container ship - The MSC Mandy, were released in Nigeria, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng notes that the embassy said: “We confirm that the Russian sailors have been released. They are alive and well. Measures are being taken for their return home.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the police in Zamfara on Tuesday, February 5, confirmed the killing of 15 people and kidnap of six women by gunmen in Gusau local government area of the state.
The public relations officer of the command, SP Muhammad Shehu, made the confirmation in a statement in Gusau.
Shehu said that on Monday, February 4, there was an attack in Wonaka, Ajja, Mada, Ruwan Baure, Doka, Takoka and Tudun-Maijatau villages of Mada district in Gusau area.
He said a woman was among the people killed, adding that the attackers also kidnapped six women and a man.
Shehu said: “Fortunately, with the efforts of police and sister security agencies, the abducted women have regained their freedom and have re-joined their families.
“Normalcy has been restored to the affected villages, with improved deployment of PMF, CTU, Special Forces and Military teams to the area to forestall further attack on neighbouring villages.
“The attack is presumably a reprisal to the attack on some Fulanis in a J5 vehicle on February 1, 2019 where seven Fulanis and their animals were killed and set ablaze by the outlawed 'Yansakai."
In another development, the PPRO said that the district head of Gwashi in Bukkuyum local government area reported to the police that armed bandits stormed Batauna village and killed 11 persons and set houses ablaze.
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He, however, said that the details were sketchy to the police due to distance and terrain inaccessibility and lack of GSM coverage in the area.
He said: “Units of PMF/CTU/Special Forces and military were mobilized to complement the effort of security personnel already on ground and also confirm the authenticity of the report.
“The entire area and environs have been subjected to co-ordinated bush-combing for possible arrest of the perpetrators."
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