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INSECURITY: Police rescue kidnapped students, others in Zamfara

INSECURITY: Police rescue kidnapped students, others in Zamfara
Written by Maritime First

… Cross River to register boats to curb kidnappings on waterways***

The Police Command in Zamfara, says it has rescued 24 persons, including five students, kidnapped while writing their Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) in Shinkafi Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ayuba Elkanah, stated this while handing over the rescued victims to the state government on Tuesday in Gusau.

Elkanah said that the police operatives deployed to various locations in the state succeeded in rescuing the kidnapped victims.

Among those rescued, he said, were four students of Government Secondary School, Birnin Yero, who were writing their SSCE examination and one other student of Federal Polytechnic, Kaura Namoda.

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“On Nov. 22, at about 1900hrs, Police Tactical Operatives deployed on Shinkafi axis, while on search and rescue operations, with regard to the abduction of the students and other victims, acted on intelligence and rescued the students, along with eight others.

“The victims, who spent 60 days in captivity, have now been rescued unconditionally,” Elkanah said.

He said that they would undergo medical checks and police debriefings before being handed over to the state government to be reunited with their families.

The police commissioner also said that the police tactical team deployed on Gusau-Tsafe-Funtua road, on Nov. 22, succeeded in rescuing 11 passengers abducted by armed bandits while travelling in the night.

He added that the travellers were plying the road at about 11.30 pm. in two Golf 3 vehicles, with registration numbers: AE 535 ARG and GUS 274 XF.

Elkanah, however, stated that all the rescued travellers had been debriefed and reunited with their families.

“I want to use this opportunity to warn members of the public, especially travellers and commercial drivers, that the order of the state government restricting the movement of travellers into the state at night time is still in force.

“Considering the time and period in which the bandits block the road and abduct innocent people, the command, under my watch, will arrest and prosecute any person or group of persons found violating this order,” Elkanah said.

Receiving the victims on behalf of the state government, the Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara commended the police and other security agencies for the efforts.

Dosara appreciated the synergy between the state government and the security agencies in the fight against insecurity in the state.

He said that the recent measures by the state government had yielded results in reducing criminality in the state.

The police boss assured the security agencies of the government’s partnership in the quest to restore law and order in the state.

In the meantime, the Cross River government says it plans to register all boats and vessels operating in the state to curb kidnappings on the waterways.

This is contained in a statement by Mr Bobby Ekpenyong, the Director-General of the state waterways agency in Calabar on Wednesday.

Ekpenyong said that the operators would be licensed at the end of the registration which would start on Dec. 1.

He said that the registration became necessary following increased kidnappings and other crimes on waterways in the state.

“Gov. Ben Ayade is worried about the incessant kidnappings and illegal activities going on in the state’s waterways.

“He has directed that necessary measures be put in place to arrest the ugly trend.

“I want to use this opportunity to warn all operators of wooden boats, fibre engine boats and vessels, that any unregistered boat or vessel operating in the state will be impounded as from Jan. 1,” he said.

The newsmen report that the state had witnessed increased kidnappings, especially in Calabar lately, with the perpetrators using the waterways as an escape route to the creeks.


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