No fewer than 103 people kidnapped by bandits in Katsina State have been rescued, the state governor, Aminu Masari said on Friday.
Gov. Masari explained that the government achieved this in collaboration with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Air Force, the Department of State Services (DSS), and other security agencies in the state.
He made the remark while addressing a batch of 77 rescued persons escorted to the Katsina Government House by the heavily armed security operatives.
“This is in continuation of the exercise that started with the recovery of the 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara.
“We saw an opening and we are working with some stakeholders to make sure that we exploit the opening and bring back as many kidnapped victims as we can.
“We have so far returned 103 of the kidnapped victims and the process is still ongoing.
“We are doing this as quietly as we can, to make sure that nobody is harmed and further kidnapping is stopped.
“So, we are doing this with the army, the police, Air Force and the Department of State Security. ”I can assure you that no ransom was paid to the kidnappers,” he said.
Masari urged the victims to consider the incident as something from the Almighty Allah.
“You have seen how you were rescued. No ransom was paid. this should show that prayer is effective, be patient, may Allah reward you for the difficulties you have gone through,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the rescued victims were nursing mothers and girls aged from six to 16.
NAN also observed that a 70-year-old man, as well as, a soldier and an Anti-Riot Policeman were among those rescued.