Nigerian troops under the auspices of Operation Thunder Strike have captured three bandits in Gajina settlement in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
A statement by the state commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the bandits were arrested after kidnapping two women near Gadanin Gwari, Gwagwada District of Chikun LGA.
“According to the operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government, the women were suddenly abducted as they made their way to their farm. The troops on patrol tracked down the criminals and engaged them in a firefight, forcing them to abandon their captives and run for their lives,” Mr Aruwan said.
“After securing the women, the troops pursued the bandits, destroying many bandit camps along the way. The bandits were eventually trapped in Gajina settlement also in Chikun LGA. Three of the kidnappers were apprehended and are now in custody, while the rescued women have returned to their homes.
“Furthermore, the troops of Operation Thunder Strike and the newly inducted troops of the Nigerian Army Women Corps have continued aggressive patrols along the Kaduna-Abuja highway. The Patrol was hitch-free, with no incidents recorded as of yesterday, Friday.”
In a separate incident, Mr Aruwan said the police have rescued two persons who were abducted at Kurmin Idon axis of Kaduna-Kachia Road in Kajuru local government area.
“The police gave the bandits a hot chase and rescued the two victims, while one other victim was able to escape on his own,” the commissioner said.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed his satisfaction with the reports, and commended the troops and personnel for their proactive efforts in rescuing the victims and arresting the three bandits. He tasked them to ensure detailed investigations, and prosecution of the arrested culprits.
Mr Aruwan added that vigorous patrols would continue in the general area.