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Bauchi Police Kill Eight Kidnappers, Rescue Three Victims

The Bauchi State Police Command in collaboration with the Hunters Group has reportedly killed eight kidnappers/bandits after engaging in a gunfight.

In a statement issued by the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil while confirming the development said the operatives also freed three kidnapped victims.

According to him, the operation was carried out on April 22, 2024, in response to credible intelligence received by the Command about suspicious activity along the state boundary with Plateau State.

He claimed that detectives from the Gumau, Tilde, and Tulu Divisions confronted armed bandits during a regular patrol and engaged in a gunfire in self-defence, killing four suspected kidnappers.

He said, “Two of the suspects in their eleventh hour, who later died, confessed to multiple kidnapping incidents across Bauchi and Plateau states, including the heinous killing of a village head in Ruruwai village, Lame district, Toro local government area of Bauchi State, on March 17, 2024.

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“Based on the information provided by the late suspects, the detectives proceeded to the kidnappers’ hideout to rescue three kidnapped victims from Dokayel village, who were taken captive on April 20, 2024.

“In a subsequent firefight with the remaining accomplices guarding the hostages, four (4) kidnappers were also neutralised, and the three (3) captives were safely rescued without any ransom paid.”

Wakil went on to say that this operation demonstrates the command’s commitment and dedication to protecting the lives and property of the state’s citizens.

CP Auwal Musa Muhammad, the state commissioner of police, praised the officers and men engaged for their heroism and professionalism during the operation. He encouraged them to keep up their efforts to maintain law and order.

He also urged the public to trust and cooperate with police by sharing helpful information and keeping vigilant.

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