Kano State Police Command has disclosed that it arrested 11 suspected kidnappers, and rescued 12 kidnap victims from the dreaded Falgore Forest in Doguwa Local Government Area of the state. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Rabiu Yusuf, told journalists yesterday in Kano that due to the upsurge of kidnapping and armed banditry, especially in the Southern part of the state, the command rejuvenated its anti-kidnapping squad in its bid to launch a major offensive against notorious criminals.
According to him, “A fierce gun duel for almost one hour ensued at the first and second gates before the main camp was penetrated,” adding that those arrested during the operation include, Bello Bello Shano, Debo Ibrahim, Lawal Shuaibu, Adamu Abubakar and Nura Salisu of Dariya Shere village. Others include, Zubairu Muazu of Daurawa village, Umar Bello of Kekenta village all in Doguwa Local Government Area, Ibrahim Bashir S/Kaura Village, Adamu Gainaku,Abdulrasak Isyaku of Gidan Iya, Ruga-Ruga village from Tunda Wada Local Government Area and Maharazu Yahaya The Commissioner of Police also stated that while some escaped into the thick forest with bullet wounds, during the mop-up operation, one Bello Salleh and Mohammed Sani all of Rafin Kura village in Doguwa Local Government Area, were kidnapped on the very date they were rescued.
He further disclosed that ten other victims who were taken hostage at the forest including women were also rescued, they are Halima Sa’adu, Rabi Idris, Amos Yakubu, Jacob Ibrahim all of Doguwa Local Government Area. Others are Hajara Yakubu of Karasa village, Maimuna Abubakar, Sule Maigoro, Ibrahim Umaru, Musa Idi and Alhaji Ibrahim Hamisu. The exhibits recovered in the Falgore forest camp include, one AK 47 riffle, two loaded magazines, 250 rounds of live 7.62mm ammunition, eight Bajaj motorcycles, criminal masks and personal belongings, saying that, “some quantity of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, some quantity of food items, drinks and drugs were equally uncovered from them. “I wish to further inform you that all the victims underwent post-trauma counseling and medical examination, today, they will be formally handed over to their respective families,” he added.