Police intervened in a hostage situation in a community in Plateau, resulting in the deaths of two individuals and the rescue of six others.

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Busy Bee November 4, 2023
Updated 2023/11/04 at 11:16 AM

Following a clash between suspected kidnappers and the Plateau State Police Command, it has been confirmed that two individuals have tragically lost their lives. However, six other individuals who were kidnapped have been successfully rescued by the police.

The incident occurred after the kidnappers targeted Gwalada village in Bauchi State, temporarily taking several residents hostage. Once the police were alerted, they swiftly located the kidnappers within the border community, resulting in a confrontation in which one of the suspected kidnappers and a member of the local vigilante group were fatally injured.

According to a statement by the Plateau State Police Command spokesman, Alabo Alfred, the police have successfully tracked and eliminated a group of notorious kidnappers. As a result, six kidnapped victims were rescued, and one kidnapper was killed.

These actions were taken as part of the ongoing efforts by the police to eradicate criminal elements from the state. The operation took place on November 1, 2023, following credible intelligence about a kidnapping incident in Gwalada village, Bauchi State. The police, alongside the Special Task Force and Security Help Groups, raided the kidnappers’ camp located between Tumu, Tsaya, and Rumfar Gomna in Bassa LGA.

Upon spotting the security forces, the kidnappers entered into an intense gun battle with them, but ultimately succumbed to the superior firepower of the security operatives. As a result, six individuals from Gwalfada, Toro LGA, Bauchi named Rashida Hamisu, Mummi Usman, Ibrahim Isa, Ya’u Yahaya, Bala Aminu, and Alhaji Ishaku Usman were rescued from the operation.

Unfortunately, one of the kidnappers was fatally shot, while his accomplices fled with varying degrees of gunshot wounds. Tragically, Nuhu Titus, a hunter who had assisted in the rescue operation, lost his life.

The statement further mentioned that efforts were being intensified to apprehend the fleeing suspects and free any remaining kidnap victims. Additionally, the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, CP Okoro J. Alawari, assured residents of the police’s unwavering dedication to combat crime and criminal activities in the state.

“He (CP) promises to utilize all his authority to guarantee the ongoing safety of all residents in the 17 Local Government Areas of the state.

In a statement, the CP strongly advises kidnappers to abandon their heinous actions or vacate Plateau State before facing arrest by the police.”

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