The Nigerian Police had said that it has rescued a total of nine kidnapped Police Officers and not twelve as previously, wrongly reported in some sections of the media.
The Nine Police Officers may have been kidnapped on 8th November, between Kankara town and Sheme in Katsina State after the night commercial bus they were traveling in came under attack by heavily armed men, all dressed in Military Camouflage, but suspected to be bandits.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer DCP, Frank Mba, said the officers, all Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs), were on their way to Gusau in Zamfara State from Maiduguri at the time of the incident. Two of the officers are currently receiving medical attention in a hospital, while the remaining seven are being debriefed.
According to him “Covert operation to locate and rescue the officers commenced immediately they were discovered missing en-route to their destination.”
Stressing that the apparent delay in commenting on the unfortunate incident was a deliberate decision aimed at protecting the integrity and confidentiality of the rescue operation and the concomitant safety of the officers.
“It is also important to state that preliminary investigation has shown that the attack on the vehicle was an opportunistic crime as the officers were all traveling in mufti, unarmed and alongside other private citizens in the commercial vehicle.”
The total number of officers involved in the incident is nine (9) and not twelve (12) as previously, wrongly reported in some sections of the media.
A Follow-up investigation into the incident is still ongoing. Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, reassures Nigerians that the Force is working assiduously to ensure improved safety and tactical presence of police personnel on our highways as the yuletide approaches.
The families of 12 Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) who were kidnapped by bandits on their way to Zamfara from Borno State have cried out to the Police to help secure the release of their loved ones.
The ASPs were abducted on Saturday, November 7, in a village between Katsina and Zamfara States, BBC Hausa reports.
A family member of one of the abducted policemen told BBC that they were on their way from Borno State to conduct a special operation in Zamfara State when they were ambushed and kidnapped by gunmen.