From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
The Zamfara State Government has succeeded in rescuing a Nigerien national after been abducted by kidnappers in Abalak, under Tawa state of the republic of Niger last Wednesday.
The rescued Arab and Hausa speaking victim who was identified as Diddi Kadiri Ibrahim, was paraded at the state Police Command yesterday by the state Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammad Dauran.
Dauran said, “I received a call around 2:00am of Wednesday by one of my contacts in Shinkafi local government area, informing that, he saw some bikes riding gunmen with a white man heading down the thick forest.
“My contact narrated that, he believed the white man who was tightly hold on a bike must have been kidnapped, but could not easily identify his nationality because the gunmen were moving in the dark on high speed.
The Commissioner said he made numerous contacts including the Commissioner of Police who immediately called his DPO in charge of Shinkafi local government area and instructed him to mobilize his men to block all suspected routes down the Sububu forest where the gunmen headed to.
“I finally called one of repented bandits’ leader who immediately made findings and discovered that, some gunmen from Niger republic were in the forest along with a kidnapped white man, he contacted them for me and facilitated my meeting with them for his release.
“I went there by myself and secured the release of the victim, there I learnt he was a Niger republic nationale, later he was taken to our health center in Gusau where we conducted thorough medical tests on him”, Dauran has narrated.
He testified that the victim was physically fit, and will be handed over to authorities in Niger republic before reuniting with his family.
Also speaking, the kidnapped Diddi Kadiri told Journalists that, they picked him nearby his house in Tawa state and forced him going with them, saying, “I spent three days with them moving from one place to another in the forest, and only assured my release at the cost of three million naira ransom”.
Also speaking, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Shehu Muhammad, urged the general public to always not hesitate to report questionable movements for timely intervention by the Police and other sister security agencies in the state.