Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna, under Exercise Harbin Kunama III, have rescued 13 farmers, who were kidnapped while working in their farm in the outskirts of Kuyelo community, Birnin Gwari Local Area of Kaduna State.
Eleven rescued persons have also been handed over to Zamfara State Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle by Commissioner of Police Usman Nagoggo at the Government House in Gusau on Sunday.
The Army division said the troops killed one of the bandits in Kaduna as the others escaped with gunshot wounds.
A statement issued yesterday in Kaduna by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Ezindu Idimah, said: “Following distress calls received from good Samaritans indicating the abduction of some farmers while working on their farms at the outskirts of Kuyelo community, in Birnin Gwari Local Area of Kaduna State, a patrol team from 1 Division Nigerian Army stationed at Super Camp Kuyello, on Exercise Harbin Kunama III, swiftly pursued the bandits/kidnappers and rescued all the 13 kidnapped farmers after a serious exchange of fire with the criminals.”
The 1 Division spokesman, however, assured that soldiers are combing the general area, which borders Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna states.
He quoted the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Major General Faruk Yahaya as enjoining troops to always be proactive and decisive in dealing with criminals and associated insecurity in their respective areas of responsibilities.