- Some kidnapped travellers have been rescued from the den of kidnappers by men of the Nigerian Air Forcea (NAF) Special Forces
- The abducted victims were rescued while NAF operatives were on a fighting patrol along Birnin Gwari-Kaduna Road
- Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information confrimed this on Wednesday, January 12
The Nigerian Air Forcea (NAF) Special Forces (SF) on Thursday, January 12, rescued 26 kidnapped victims while on a fighting patrol along Birnin Gwari-Kaduna Road.
This was made known by NAF spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwe in a statement made available to Legit.ng on Wednesday, January 12.
The victims were suspected to have been kidnapped by bandits while traveling from Birnin Gwari to various locations including Kaduna, Minna and Kano.
According to Gabkwe, the rescue operation occurred when the special forces came across 5 abandoned vehicles with their doors ajar near Anguwar Yako, an indication of forced removal or evacuation and likely kidnap scene.
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Acting on instincts, the SF began exploiting the general scene of the abduction. About 3 kidnapped escapees upon sighting the SF, came out from the bushes.
A further search led to the discovery of 4 different groups of victims hiding in the bushes. On interrogation, the victims revealed that while enroute, a large number of bandits in 3 groups suddenly appeared from the bushes along the route and surrounded their vehicles.
However, on sighting the SF, the kidnappers fled into the bushes with a handful of the victims while the other majority took cover and hid in the bushes until they sighted the SF.
The operatives have extended their operations within the area with the hope of rescuing the remaining kidnapped victims while those rescued have since been moved to the hospital for thorough medical examination.
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Turji in his letter had said that he was willing to lay down his arms and embrace peace as warned by the state governor.