The police command in Kaduna says its officers have rescued four persons, who were kidnapped on a highway in Jema’a LGA of the state.
Mohammed Jalige, spokesman of the Kaduna police command, confirmed the development in a statement on Monday.
He said the victims were rescued around 7pm on Sunday, following the receipt of credible information on the incident.
“The incident, which was received via distress call, had it that some bandits attacked two commuting vehicles around Bade forest in Jema’a LGA of Kaduna State, and took six occupants into the forest,” Jalige said.
“On the strength of the information, operatives were immediately mobilised to the area, trailed the bandits into their enclaves, engaged them in a fierce shootout, thereby rescuing four victims unhurt while the bandits, some with bullet wounds, escaped deep into the forest.
“However, concerted efforts to rescue the remaining victims is tactically being coordinated to ensure they are safely returned.”
Jalige also disclosed that police have arrested a 36-year-old suspect for illegal possession of firearms and recovered two arms and three live cartridges.
“The suspect was in possession of a locally fabricated pistol and three live polymer-cased 12-guage shotgun shells,” he said.
“The suspect’s residence was further searched where one double-barreled gun was equally recovered.
“The Command appreciates the patriotic citizens for assisting the Police with useful information on the activities of criminal elements in their midst, while urging others to emulate same in the interest of peace and tranquility within and across our communities.”