Senior police officers have been rescued from the kidnappers’ lair in Kano.
Nigeria online news reports that the Nigerian Police have rescued nine police officers abducted by armed men on their way from Maiduguri to Zamfara State.
Remember that twelve senior police officers were reportedly kidnapped on their way to Gusau in Zamfara from Maiduguri.
In reaction to the report, the Force’s public relations officer, Frank Mba, in a statement on Friday, said that nine officers were abducted and not 12 as previously revealed.
He said that Nigerian police had successfully rescued the nine police officers who went missing on November 8, 2020 between the city of Kankara and Sheme in Katsina State after the overnight commercial bus they were traveling on was attacked by heavily armed men, all in military dress. Camouflage, but suspected of being bandits.
“The officers, all deputy superintendents of police (ASP), whose names are withheld, were heading to Gusau in Zamfara state from Maiduguri at the time of the incident. Two of the officers are receiving medical attention at a hospital, while the remaining seven are being questioned.
“The undercover operation to locate and rescue the officers began immediately when they were discovered missing en route to their destination. Thus, the apparent delay in commenting on the regrettable incident was a deliberate decision aimed at protecting the integrity and confidentiality of the rescue operation and the attendant safety of the officers, ”he said.
According to Mba, it was also important to note that the preliminary investigation had shown that the attack on the vehicle was an opportunistic crime, as all the officers were traveling in mufti, unarmed and alongside other private citizens in the commercial vehicle.
“The total number of officers involved in the incident is nine (9) and not twelve (12) as previously reported, erroneously in some sections of the media.
“The follow-up investigation of the incident is still ongoing. Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP MA Adamu, NPM, mni assures Nigerians that the Force is working assiduously to ensure greater security and tactical presence of police personnel on our roads as the yuletide approaches. read in the statement, “he added. .