Security agents rescue 187 kidnapped victims from Zamfara forest


At least 187 kidnapped victims have been rescued by Nigeria’s security forces during several raids on the dwellings of bandits in Tsibiri forest of Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The Police spokesperson in Zamfara State, Muhammad Shehu who disclosed this in a statement said the rescued victims, comprising of males and female adults as well as children have all been handed over to the state government.

Shehu said the success was recorded as a result of the new security measures introduced by the Zamfara State Government.

“The police and other security agencies have been carrying out assaults on identified bandits locations in different parts of the state, with a view to ridding the state of all recalcitrant bandits and other criminal elements,” he said.

Speaking on the rescue of the victims, he said the police tactical operatives had in a joint operation at Tsibiri forest succeeded in the unconditional rescue of 187 victims who were abducted in Rini, Gora, Sabon Birni and Shinkafi communities of Bakura, Maradun and Shinkafi LGAs respectively.

“The abducted victims, who had spent many weeks in captivity, were unconditionally rescued following extensive search and rescue operations that lasted for hours,” he said.

Similarly, the police Public Relations Officer also said several bandits and their collaborators have been arrested with some charged to court, while others are undergoing discreet investigation.

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