Katsina Police foil Abduction Attempt, Rescue 28 Girls

Local authorities in Katsina State, Nigeria, breathed a sigh of relief after the successful rescue of 28 girls abducted by gunmen on April 1st, 2024. The girls, aged between eight and fifteen, were reportedly taken from the outskirts of Kasai village in Batsari Local Government Area while collecting firewood, a common chore for young girls in rural communities.

“This is a horrific incident that highlights the dangers faced by innocent civilians in our state,” said Sani Mohammed, a resident of Kasai village, in a phone interview with Arise News

Thankfully, the authorities reacted swiftly. “The state Commissioner of Police, CP Aliyu Musa, immediately deployed a team of operatives to the area upon receiving reports of the abduction,” stated ASP Abubakar Aliyu, Katsina State Police Public Relations Officer.

The decisive action by the police proved instrumental. “The collaborative effort of the dedicated rescue team, in conjunction with the strategic approach taken by the command, resulted in the release of all the abducted victims,” Aliyu elaborated.

The girls were reportedly rescued unharmed, a testament to the effectiveness of the police operation. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the security challenges faced by many communities in Nigeria, particularly in the northwest region where armed groups frequently target civilians. However, the successful rescue by the Katsina State Police demonstrates their commitment to protecting the people they serve.

“We commend the Katsina State Police for their swift and decisive action in this case,” said a spokesperson for the National Human Rights Commission in a statement. “This is a positive development that shows our security forces can effectively combat these criminal activities.”

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The rescued girls are currently undergoing medical evaluation and will be reunited with their families as soon as possible. Investigations into the abduction are ongoing, and authorities are determined to apprehend those responsible.

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