By Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano
Operatives from the Kano State Police Command at the weekend in Hotoro quarters Kano rescued a mother of three, identified as Khadeja Ibrahim, who miraculously escaped from the hands of her abductors, as she was kidnapped from Maiduguri, Borno State.
Khadeja was rescued at about 11p.m. from her captors, who drove her to Kano after kidnapping her at a bus stop on her way to the hospital in Maiduguri.
Addressing journalists in Kano yesterday, the state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abbati Maigari Dikko, said Khadija’s captors picked her from a bus stop, pretending to be offering her a lift.
Maigari added that no sooner did she board the vehicle than she was hypnotised, which promptly rendered her unconscious until the vehicle in which they were travelling developed a technical hitch at the outskirts of Kano.
While the vehicle was on transit, the police commissioner said her captors asked her if she was familiar with Kano metropolis but she replied that she had no idea.
Thereafter, according to him, her captors told her that they were taking her to Kano to perform “Aiki Allah (like a Jihad).
Furthermore, the police commissioner disclosed that as soon as Khadeja regained consciousness, she realised that the clothes she earlier wore had been removed and substituted with something that looked like a locally made bullet proof jacket, adorned with so many chains and nails.
According to him, while efforts were being made to fix the vehicle, which was also carrying two men, Khadija and another woman, and in the process she attempted to remove the jacket because she heard about the Aiki Allah, which aroused her suspicion that she was in the wrong hands (Boko Haram insurgents).
Fortunately, she was able to remove the jacket, jumped out of the car, as one of the captors pursued her, threatening that wherever she escapes to she would be traced, emphasising that they are all over the environment.
But commissioner noted that God in His infinite mercy enabled her to make good her escape, during which she ran into some security operatives, who rescued and took her to Hotoro Police Station, from where she was transferred to the Kano Police Command Headquarters in Hotoro between 11 and 12 Saturday midnight.
Meanwhile, Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has cautioned Kano people to be extra-vigilant, particularly market men and women, following information that Boko Haram insurgents might launch an attack in any of the markets in the commercial city of Kano.
This followed information extracted from the Boko Haram insurgents that they might launch an attack in any of the Kano markets, sooner or later, hence the need to be extra vigilant.