Two suspected kidnappers have been killed by the police during a fierce gun battle in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
The spokesman of the Bauchi State Police Command, Ahmed Wakil, a Superintendent of Police, disclosed this in a media statement made available to journalists in the state on Sunday.
He said the kidnappers stormed the house of one Alhaji Abdulhamid Muhammad at Rafin Cora in Ningi LGA and tried to abduct his 28-year-old son.
According to him, the kidnappers shot the victim multiple times in his abdomen after he resisted their attempt to abduct him.
Following reports made available to the police, they engaged the kidnappers in a gun battle causing them to scamper for safety with gunshot wounds.
Narrating the incident, Wakil said, “On March 3, 2023, credible intelligence revealed to the command that, on the same date at about 1am, some unknown gunmen invaded the residence of Alhaji Abdulhamid Muhammad at Rafin Cora village via Ningi LGA in an attempt to kidnap his son, one Usman Abdulhamid, age 28 years.
“However, in the process, the victim resisted being taken away by the kidnappers. The victim was shot multiple times in his lower abdomen while making an effort to escape.”
He further revealed that upon receipt of the information, the police alongside a local vigilance group, led by the DPO of Ningi, swiftly mobilised to the scene to counter the kidnappers from accomplishing their mission in the village.
“The kidnappers welcomed police operatives with sporadic gunshots. While responding, the Operatives engaged them in a gun duel which forced them to scamper in disarray with possible gunshot wounds.
“Consequently, two of the kidnappers met their waterloo at the spot, while one AK47 was retrieved during the encounter,” he said.
The police spokesman said that the victim was rescued and rushed to the Federal Medical Center, Birnin Kudu in Jigawa State for treatment.
He said concerted efforts have been intensified to arrest the fleeing suspects and make them face the full wrath of the law.