Reports reaching PRIME TIME NEWS say, the kidnapped students of Islamiyya school in Mahuta town of Dandume Local Government Area of Katsina State have regained freedom.
The students, numbering 84 were reported to have been rescued by the local vigilante group in the area.
It was gathered that the rescue team engaged in fight with the bandits around 3a.m and chased them away.
Police spokesman for Katsina state police Command, Mr Gambo Isah confirmed to PRIME TIME NEWS.
Mr Isa, Superintendent of Police (SP), in a press statement reads : On 19/12/2020 at about 2200hrs, a distress call was received by divisional police officer of Dandume, that some Islamiyya Students of Hizburrahim Islamiyya, Mahuta village, Dandume LGA of Katsina state, numbering about Eighty (80).
The statement added that while on their way back from Maulud occasion celebrated at Unguwan Alkasim village, Dandume to Mahuta village, were accosted by bandits who had already kidnapped four(4) persons and rustled twelve (12) cows from Danbaure village, Funtua LGA, trying to escape into the forest.
“On receipt of the report, the DPO led Operations “Puff Adder, Sharan Daji and Vigilante group to the area and engaged the bandits into a fierce gun duel. Subsequently, the teams succeeded in dislodging the bandits and rescued all the eighty four (84) kidnapped victims and recovered all the twelve rustled cows”.
“Search parties are still combing the area with a view of arresting the injured bandits and/or recovery of their dead bodies. Investigation is ongoing’.
Recall that on Thursday, 344 students of Government Science Secondary School Kankara were released from their abductors after six days in captivity inside a forest.