Five Kidnapped As Police Arrest 20 Bandits In Zamfara

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Immediate past Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State
By: MOHAMMED  MUNIRAT  NASIR,  Gusau
About five persons have been reportedly abducted by suspected bandits in Gora Namaye village, Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
According to a source who doesn’t want his name mentioned,  the abduction took place early hours of Tuesday when the bandits stormed the village and started shooting to scare the people.
The source added that among those abducted  are Suhaima and Hadiza, wives of one Suleiman Abdullahi.
Another resident of Gora Namaye said the kidnap is coming just some days after an uproar in the village following attacks on suspected ritual killers which made the police to impose curfew on the village.
Reacting, Zamfara State Police Commissioner, Mr Kenneth Ebrimson said the command is yet to receive any report about kidnap in Gora Namaye village.
Ebrimson said what he knew is that some people in Gora Namaye village took the laws into their hands following an allegation that some residents of the village are responsible for ritual killings in the village which led to the deployment of Police Patrol teams to maintain law and order in the village.
“As I am talking to you now, seven police patrol teams are in the village and if there is any kidnap or bandits attack, I will be the first to be notified therefore no such kidnap has been reported to the command”, he said.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Zamfara state  police Command said it have arrested 20 armed bandits and recovered seven rifles at various locations across the state.
The state Police Commissioner,  Mr Kenneth Ebrimson made the disclosure while briefing newsmen at the Command headquarters in Gusau.
Ebrimson said the armed bandits were mopped up by the IGP’s Special Tactical Squad in collaboration with the state command.
“The armed bandits were arrested using the intelligence led policing and very soon the suspects would paraded before the general public. But, their seven rifles seized are displayed for everyone to see,” he said.
He said the command has commenced investigation that was why they would not disclose the identities of the suspects then, so as not jeopardize the cause of the investigation.
Ebrimson call on the people to continue to support the police by providing needed information for the police to wipe out criminals in the state.

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