11 people have fled bandit camps on the outskirts of Sabon Birni town, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
A report by Samuel Aruwan, the Kaduna Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, confirms this.
Security operations in many of the bandits’ camps dislodged the bandits, leaving them in disarray and allowing hostages to escape.
A careful inspection revealed that the 11 hostages all came from Dumbin Rauga, Zaria local government area, as well as the Kaduna-Zaria highway.
The escaped hostages were identified by Aruwan as Fatima Sani, Aisha Falalu, Amina Aliyu, Hadizatu Sani and Bashar Falalu, all from Dumbin Rauga, all children between the ages of 7 and 10.
There are also Hadiza Madu Sharif, Hauwa Ali, Zara Madu Sharif, and Maryam who were abducted on the Kaduna-Zaria road as they travelled from Maiduguri to Ilorin
The families of the kidnapped at Dumbin Rauga paid N3 million in ransom, but the bandits insisted on two motorcycles in return for the captives.
The troops recovered the escapees and reunited them with their families.
Operation Safe troops have also rescued two kidnapped victims around Kirti village in Jema’a Local Government Area. The victims have been reunited with their families.
Nasir El-Rufai expressed his satisfaction with the developments and praised the military’s efforts and the degrading effect of the onslaught on bandit hideouts across the state.