From Agaju Madugba, Katsina

In an uncommon development, less than 24 hours after they were abducted by suspected terrorists on Monday morning, the Katsina State police command says its men have succeeded in rescuing 28 girls from their fleeing abductors, in Batsari Local Government Area.

“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,” the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abubakar Sadique Aliyu, said in a statement on Tuesday.

He attributed the success to “perseverance and commitment” of the command’s officers and men.

According to the statement, “on the 1st of April, 2024, at about 1030 hrs, 28 girls who went to the outskirts of Kasai village, Batsari Local Government Area, Katsina State, with intent to fetch firewood, were abducted by kidnappers.

“Upon receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, CP Aliyu Abubakar Musa, swiftly deployed operatives to the scene, tasked with the unhurt rescue of the victims.

“Thanks to the unwavering efforts and increased pressure exerted by the command, the victims who were held against their will have now regained freedom and are safe and sound.

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“The abductors, following the escalation of pressure and the concerted actions of the command in collaboration with all relevant security stakeholders in the state, ultimately released all the victims on the same day at about 2240hrs.

“This success is a testament to the perseverance and commitment of the command as well as everyone involved in the operation.

“Efforts to ensure the safety and security of the community and the state will continue unabated.”

Katsina has a total of 34 Local Government Areas with Batsari as one of the 23 frontline locations where bandits hold sway, terrorising residents and abducting others for ransom.