Troops arrest five kidnappers, set hideouts on fire


The 17 Brigade Nigerian Army, Katsina, said on Sunday that its troops on Exercise Harbin Kunama III,deployed at Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State had arrested five kidnappers near Sheme village along Ruwan Godiya forest axis.



It said the arrest followed successful cordon and search as well as raid operations at Sheme village, Ruwan Godiya forest and surrounding localities.



A press statement made available to journalists in Katsina by Acting Director, Army Public Relations for the brigade, Colonel Sagir Musa, said patrols were ongoing in the neighbouring suspected bandits’ hideouts.



The statement added, “Following credible information received from good Samaritans about bandits/ kidnappers’ syndicate that have been terrorising Funtua -Faskari surrounding villages, troops of 17 Brigade Nigerian Army on Exercise Harbin Kunama III, deployed at Faskari in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State, have conducted a successful cordon and search as well as raid operations at Sheme village, Ruwan Godiya forest and surrounding localities.



“The operations resulted in the arrest of five kidnappers near Sheme village, along Ruwan-Godiya forest axis. At the moment, patrols are ongoing in the neighbouring suspected bandits’ hideouts.



“During preliminary investigation, the apprehended suspects confessed to have been involved in kidnapping incidents in the general area, as well as sending their victims to their ring leaders that are based deep in the forest at Ruwan-Godiya.”
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