A joint military operation in Katsina/Zamfara border forest has rescued 5 people held in captivity and left many bandits dead, yesterday. 
        The Secretary to the Government of Katsina State, Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa confirmed that when he received the rescued kidnapped victims brought to him by the representative of the Commander, 17th Brigade, Katsina, Brigadier General B. Idris.
          Mustapha Inuwa said the coordinated operation was simultaneously carried out by the joint ground forces of the 17th Brigade and the Air force from Katsina and those in Zamfara axis.      He said the Joint military action which started in the morning and lasted in the evening had successfully led to the destruction of the bandits camps and recorded several casualties on their side. 
         Some of the bandits he said fled and abandoned their kidnapped victims who became stranded and finally ran into the hands of the soldiers. 
         A Press Release issued by the Director Press to the Secretary to the Government of Katsina State, Abdullahi Aliyu Yar’adua,  quoted the SGS as saying that ” if the coordinated military occupation continues and carried out  simultaneously in all the affected states, very soon armed banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling would become history in the North West”. 

    Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa had further  commended the troops for their gallant operation and called on the leadership to sustain the tempo.
       The 5 rescued persons included 2 males ; Amadu Rufa’i, 45years, Habibu Yakubu, 25years both of Mazanya village in Jibia local council of Katsina State, and 3 females; Hauwa’u Lawali,13years, Khadija Rabe, 13years and Sumayya Rabe, 10years all of Karamne village in Madarumfa region of Niger republic. 
        Narrating their ordeals, the two men said they were kidnapped while working on their farms while the girls said they were hawking onions in Gurbi which is a neighbouring town in Zamfara State when the bandits whisked them away. 
       According to Amadu Rufa’i, they spent 5 days in captivity adding that  the bandits had started demanding for 10 Million Naira ransome from his family when suddenly the military aircraft stroke and subsequently followed by “gound soldiers”.
         All of them attested that the operation had caused serious damages on the fulani bandits and their camps as they have  stepped over several of their  corpses in a struggle to get out of the forest. 
         The SGS then dircted for immediate arrangements for their feeding, accommodation, medical checks and subsequent reunion with their families. 
     Abdullahi Yar’adua,   Director Press to SGS


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