According to the Public Relations Officer in the state, Mohammed Jalige, in a statement on Tuesday, the victims were abducted along the Kaduna-Zaria Expressway aboard a luxury bus on February 29, 2021, by the bandits.
The police spokesman gave the names of the victims as Bala Ibrahim, Ede Gloria from Ebonyi State, Japheth Sani from Kebbi State, Kinsley Edgbue from Delta State, Anthony Okafor from Anambra State, Gabriel Agu from Anambra State, Chibuzo Nwokorie from Anambra State and Ifenyi Samuel Enugu State.
He also added that one AK-49 rifle was recovered from the bandits when they were overpowered by the men of the Operation Puff Adder ll attached to the Command.
Jalige said, “On 29th March 2021 at about 0600hrs, men of Operation Puff Adder II attached to Kaduna Command while on routine patrol along Galidamawa/Kidandan area of Giwa LGA intercepted a group of armed bandits alongside some victims in their possession on sighting the operatives they took to their heels abandoning their victims and one AK49 rifle in the process.
“Eight (8) victims were rescued unhurt including a female namely; (1) Bala Ibrahim (2) Ede Gloria f Ebonyi State (3) Japheth Sani M Kebbi State (4) Kinsley Edgbue Delta State (5) Anthony Okafor, Anambra State (6) Gabriel Agu Anambra State (7) Chibuzo Nwokorie Anambra state (8)Ifenyi Samuel Enugu state.
“The Victims later stated that they were abducted along Zaria–Kaduna expressway aboard a luxurious bus on 29th February 2021 en route Delta state.
“However, the victims are currently receiving medical attention in preparation for reunion with their respective families. Meanwhile hot pursuit of the fleeing Bandits is ongoing
“The Kaduna Police Command under the leadership of CP Umar Muri is in appreciation of the gesture and robust support rendered by the Inspector General of Police for Deploying men and resources to complement the efforts of the Command in tackling armed banditry in the state.”