Cov/Sani Haruna, Zamfara

Zamfara State Police Command has succeeded in repelling an attack on Yarkala village in Rawayya District of Bungudu Local Government Area by suspected bandits.

Public Relation Officer, SP Muhammad Shehu in a statement said operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder deployed to Rawayya – Yarkala axis were alerted  about the presence of a large number of bandits moving to Yarkala village on an attack mission.

According the statement, the operatives quickly mobilised and dislodged the bandits, as a result, fled back to the forest with possible gunshot wounds.

In the course of mopping up the scene, an AK 47 Rifle with breech and a Magazine containing 10 rounds of live ammunition belonging to one of the fleeing bandits was recovered and is now in Police custody.

In a related development, the Police in Collaboration with the Ministry for Security and Home Affairs have secured the unconditional release of 11 kidnapped victims who were taken to a forest near Gobirawan Chali in Maru Local Government Area of the state.

10 out of the 11 kidnapped victims were natives of Kyakyaka, Tungar Haki and Gidan Ango villages of Gusau LGA, while the other victim is from Kaduna State.

The release of the kidnapped victims was part of the ongoing peace process initiated by Governor Bello Matawalle.

All the rescued victims have been debriefed by the Police and handed over to the Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs who will reunite them with their families while investigation regarding the abduction of the victims has commenced.