In Bauchi, Soldiers Kill Kidnappers in Gun Battle, Rescue 16-year-old
Barely two days after Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar and his counterpart in Jigawa State, Mohammed Abubakar Badaru, jointly appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and stop the spate of kidnapping and other criminal acts in the two states, soldiers of the Nigerian Army, 33 Artillery Brigade Headquarters, Bauchi, have killed two suspected kidnappers during an exchange of fire at Rafin Gigi village in Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
The operatives also rescued a 16 year old boy who was kidnapped by the criminals in Rafin Gigi village last Friday.
Speaking while presenting the rescued boy to newsmen at the Brigade headquarters in Bauchi on Wednesday, the Platoon Commander, Alkaleri Local Government Area, Captain Harrison Chiagozie Nwabunke, said the, incident occurred recently.
Chiagozie, who led the operation informed Journalists that the sum of N770, 000 was recovered from the kidnappers.
He said the kidnappers had demanded a ransom of N1.65 million from the family before releasing him but the family was only able to raise N770, 000.
According to him,"We got a report of the kidnap of the boy, Muhammad Musa, on Saturday and immediately we swung into action.When we got to the bush, it was around 10pm and as soon as the family exchanged the N770, 000 they had with them and took their son, our men who were hiding came out.
"An exchange of fire ensued between us and the kidnappers and we killed two of them while the others escaped. There was no casualty on our side.They used torchlight to know where we were because it was very dark. And our aim was to rescue the boy alive," he further revealed.
The Platoon Commander said the operation was successful because of the team work of the Nigerian Army and a Vigilante group in the area and also praised the Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Abraham Luka Dusu for his commitment in ending the high rate of kidnapping and other criminal acts in the state.
An uncle of the rescued boy, Ali Umar, told newsmen that the kidnappers left a letter after picking the boy telling them to call the phone number in it.
His words:"I have been the one speaking with the kidnappers. They demanded the sum of N1.65 million from the family before the boy would be released to us but we were only able to raise the sum of N770,000 and even that was borrowed."
Umar commended the efforts of the military in rescuing their son.