According to a statement released by the Government of Kaduna State, 9 persons were rescued from a band of kidnappers along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway by men of the Nigerian Military on Sunday.
The Kaduna State Government laid credence to the story, adding that they received a report both from villagers around the area and from the Defence Headquarters.
In a statement by Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, the state government said, “Troops of the Operation Thunder Strike on a routine patrol along Akilubu-Gidan Busa axis on the Kaduna-Abuja Road, received a distress call at around 4:00pm of bandits blocking the main highway. The armed bandits opened fire on a bus, forcing the driver to halt.”
A scene of the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway.
“On getting to the location, the armed bandits had already kidnapped nine persons from an 18-seater bus with registration No. Kaduna: MKA-151.”
“The troops immediately mobilised and engaged the bandits in a firefight and in the process rescued nine persons kidnapped who later rejoined their colleagues after their rescue and a head count. Regrettably, the driver and a passenger seated close to him lost their lives.”
“The Kaduna State Government sends its condolences to their families and prays for God to grant them eternal rest.
“Following this summary from the military, the government assures citizens and commuters plying the route that any emerging developments regarding the unfortunate incident will be communicated.”
“The government also assures citizens of Kaduna State that it will continue to work hard in collaboration with the Federal Government to improve the security of the highway. It is also working with the governments of Zamfara, Katsina, Niger, Nasarawa, Plateau, Sokoto and Kano states, as well as the military, police, DSS and relevant stakeholders on enhancing the security situation in the region.”