Kano Police Arrests 11 From ‘Kidnappers Forest’

Items recovered from the kidnappers’ camp

The Kano state police command said its efforts to deal with the crimes of kidnapping, armed robbery and banditry in the southern part of the state, has led to the arrested of 11 suspected kidnappers and freeing of 12 victims inside the Falgore forest believed to be the den of kidnappers.

Speaking with Journalists on Tuesday in Kano, the state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Yusuf, disclosed that the command’s rejuvenated anti-kidnapping squad had on Tuesday 11th October, 2016, launched a major offensive into one of the biggest and notorious criminal camps located inside Falgore forest.

According to him, “fierce gun duel for almost one hour ensued at the first and second gates before the main camp was penetrated.”

The arrested suspected kidnappers are, Bello Shano , Debo Ibrahim, Lawal Shuaibu , Adamu Abubakar and Nura Salisu.

Others are , Zubairu Mua’azu , Umar Bello , Ibrahim Bashir , Adamu Gainaku  , Abdulrasak Isyaku  and Maharazu Yahaya.

He however stated that some of the suspected kidnappers escaped into the thick forest with bullet wounds, adding that some of their victims, including women, were rescued during a mop-up operation.



    The rescued victims include: Bello Salleh, Mohammed Sani, Halima Sa’adu, Rabi Idri, Amos Yakubu and Jacob Ibrahim.

    Others are, Hajara Yakubu , Maimuna Abubakar , Sule Maigoro , Ibrahim Umaru , Musa Idi and Ibrahim Hamisu.

    Items recovered from the kidnappers’ camp include, “one AK 47 Riffle, two loaded magazines, 250 rounds of live 7.62mm ammunition, eight Bajaj motorcycles, criminal masks and personal belongings, among others.”

    The police commissioner noted that the victims had undergone post-traumatic counseling and medical examination, and would soon be formally handed  over to their respective families.

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