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Troops rescue 13 kidnapped persons from bandits after fierce gun duel in Chikun LGA


Troops have reported the rescue of 13 kidnapped persons from bandits in Gwagwada, Chikun local government area.

The 13 citizens, originally from Dutse, went to work at a farm called Tanadi Farm, which is located around Bakin Kasuwa in Gwagwada general area of Chikun LGA. They were attacked by the armed bandits in the process.

Troops on receiving credible intelligence of the abduction trailed the bandits to a forest near Bana village and there engaged them in a gun duel. The 13 citizens were thus rescued. They are listed as follows:

Kenth Yusuf
Izra Ali
Josiah Luka
Istifanus Suman
Helen Ibrahim
Justina Gofwen
Ibrahim Madaki
Biyaya Yusuf
Sani Bello
Lucy Dada
Anayi Ezekiel
Benjiman Daniel
Musa Usman

After the operations, the troops discovered that the bandits had shot two volunteers before their arrival. The two deceased were identified as:

Ezekiel Iliya and
Nasara Yohanna.

The bandits also burnt a church and looted some houses in the area.

Receiving the report, Governor Nasir El-Rufai thanked the troops and commended them warmly for the successful rescue operation. He also commiserated with the families of the deceased volunteers, and prayed for the repose of their souls.

The Governor also extended his sympathy to the leadership and members of the razed church over the unfortunate attack, and directed the State Emergency Management Agency to conduct an immediate assessment of the damage.


Samuel Aruwan
Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State.

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