Following the rampant cases of kidnappings, cattle rustling and armed banditry along Toro, Gumau and Ningi axis, the Bauchi State Police Command in partnership with a renowned hunter Ali Kwara has stormed Yuga forest, a notorious hideout for kidnappers in Toro LGA of Bauchi State.
The Police operation which was carried out between January 5 2017 to date resulted in arrest of hoodlums and rescue of several hostages who were held captives and awaiting ransom payment by their families.
Bauchi State Police Commissioner, Zaki Ahmed in a statement said, “On sighting the police/hunters, suspects opened fire which triggered a fierce gun battle. After incurring heavy casualties, hoodlums abandoned their rifles and escaped into the Bush with bullet wounds”.
“In a related development, following intelligence report, the command also arrested 19 suspected kidnappers in various locations.
The Kidnappers were arrested as follows; 3 suspects in Yuga Forest, Toro LGA, 1 suspect in Jimi village of Darazo LGA, 1 suspect in Tama District of Toro LGA, 2 suspects in Ningi LGA, 3 suspects in Kundum of Bauchi LGA, 3 in Giwa hamlet of Toro, 3 suspects in Ganjuwa LGA,and 1 suspect in Tashan Durumi in Toro LGA and 2 suspects from Alkaleri LGA of Bauchi State respectively.
“The command further arrested a suspected informer and negotiator of the kidnappers in Gilliri Village of Bauchi LGA.
Exhibits recovered include: Eight AK 47 Rifles, One AK 49 Rifle, One G3 Rifle, Two Automatic Pump Action, One double barrel gun, One Single, Barrel gun, One Sub Machine gun, One Locally made Pistol.
Also recovered were Six Machetes, Eleven Magazines, Forty Nine (49) Cartridges, Nineteen (19) ammunition of LAR rifle, Three Hundred and Thirty (330) assorted Ammunition, Sum of Three hundred and Eighty Eight Thousand One Hundred and Ninety Naira (#388,190.00), one charm, One padlock and chain and two blue magazine bags.
Other recoveries were Two Expanded ammunition of 7.62mm, One Jincheng Motorcycle, Three GSM Phones, Thirty Seven Cows (37), and Twelve Sheep (12).
“Meanwhile, Forty Eight hostages were rescued in good condition of health” saying efforts are being intensified to apprehend fleeing suspects.
The Police urged members of the public to assist the police with useful information by reporting suspicious persons, especially those with bullet wounds to the nearest police station for prompt action.