By Sola Ojewusi
– Police Public Relations Officer Josephine Adeh Confirms Midnight Rescue in Kaduna State
In a successful operation led by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command Anti-Kidnapping squad, five out of the six abducted Al-Kadriyar sisters have been liberated from captivity. Police Public Relations Officer Josephine Adeh disclosed the news, stating that the sisters were freed around midnight on Saturday. The daring rescue mission took place in the Kajuru forest of Kaduna state, where security personnel acted swiftly to retrieve the victims, including those kidnapped in the Bwari area.
The rescue operation unfolded following the kidnapping incident in the Zuma 1 area of the Bwari Area Council on January 2, 2024. The FCT Police, in collaboration with the Nigerian Army, tirelessly pursued the kidnappers, culminating in the successful retrieval of the victims. The deployment of the newly commissioned Special Intervention Squad, under the guidance of Inspector General of Police Olukayode Egbetokun, played a crucial role in enhancing the security architecture of the FCT.
Commissioner of Police FCT Command Haruna G. Garba expressed gratitude for the support received and reiterated the commitment to sustaining robust security measures in the area and throughout the territory for the overall maintenance of peace.
Tragically, Nabeeha, one of the sisters, lost her life in the hands of the abductors last week. Following this tragic event, the kidnappers escalated the ransom demand from N60 million to N100 million, issuing threats to kill the remaining sisters. The abducted father, who was initially held alongside the sisters, was released with the purported task of arranging the ransom payment. The successful rescue has brought a ray of hope for the Al-Kadriyar family, while authorities continue to address the complex aftermath of the ordeal.