NIGERIA: Air Force’s Special Forces Rescue 26 Kidnapped Victims… Trail Suspects, Other Victims

NIGERIA: Air Force’s Special Forces Rescue 26 Kidnapped Victims… Trail Suspects, Other Victims

By Augustine Ehikioya

 

On special operation, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Special Forces (SF) on Wednesday 12 January, 2022, have rescued 26 kidnapped victims.

(Some rescued Kidnap Victims)

The Special Forces was on a fighting patrol along Birnin Gwari-Kaduna Road.

This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet.

It was made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA).

The statement said “The rescue operation occurred when the SF came across 5 abandoned vehicles with their doors ajar near Anguwar Yako, an indication of forced removal or evacuation and likely kidnap scene.

“Acting on instincts, the SF began exploiting the general scene of the abduction and extended for about 3 kilometres radius well into the bushes while clearing the general area.

“Upon sighting the SF, about 3 kidnapped escapees suddenly came out from the bushes. Further search by the SF led to the discovery of 4 different groups of victims hiding in the bushes.

“After a thorough search further into the hinterland, a total of 26 victims were rescued.”

On interrogation, the statement said, the victims who were traveling from Birnin Gwari to various locations including Kaduna, Minna and Kano, revealed that “while enroute, large number of bandits in 3 groups suddenly appeared from the bushes from 3 different directions along the route and surrounded their vehicles.”

But when they sighted the SF, the statement said, “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 NAF SF, the statement said, have extended their operations within the area with the hope of rescuing the remaining kidnapped victims.

Those rescued, it said, have been moved to the 461 NAF Hospital Kaduna for thorough medical examination.

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