Troops of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday rescued 18 female kidnapped victims from their captors and handed them over to the Katsina State Government.
The Brigade Commander, 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Katsina, Brig.- Gen. Oluremi Fadairo, said that the soldiers took a rescue operation to the bandits’ enclaves at Yan-Tumaki and Dan-Ali forests.
He explained that the troops successfully engaged the terrorists in a gun battle, after which they successfully rescued the victims.
Fadairo then handed over the victims to the State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Dr Nasiru Mu’azu.
He stressed the readiness of the Nigerian Army to continue to work for the restoration of permanent peace in the state.
The commander charged the personnel under the Brigade to sustain such rescue operations to ensure that all other kidnapped victims were freed.
Responding, Mu’azu restated the maximum commitment of the government to restore permanent peace in the state.
Mu’azu explained that Gov. Dikko Radda has invested hugely in the security sector, adding, ”the investments have been yielding positive results.”
The commissioner commended the Military and other security agencies for their courageous service towards restoring peace in the state and urged them to maintain the tempo.