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How Dozens of Children Were Freed After New Abduction in Katsina — Police

By: dayan (M) |Time : December 22, 2020, 04:11:28 AM
Local vigilantes rescued dozens of schoolchildren abducted by bandits in Katsina State after a gun battle, police said, yesterday.

Gunmen had abducted about 80 children on Saturday as they returned to Mahuta village after having attended a religious ceremony, said spokesman, Gambo Isah, of Katsina State police.

The incident came barely 48 hours after the release of 344 schoolboys kidnapped from a boarding school by bandits and held for six days.

According to local residents, the number of children rescued following Saturday’s attack came to 113.

When the news spread across Mahuta, residents and vigilantes mobilised and went after the kidnappers, said Abdullahi Sada, leader of a local vigilante group.

They set off in pursuit of the gunmen, who had been identified as  herdsmen.

“We laid siege on the area we knew they were holding the children and also took some Fulani settlements in the area hostage, warning that if anything happened to our children, no Fulani would live in the area henceforth.

“They released 60 children around 3am, and later, they called and said they had released the remaining 53 who are now being ferried from the bush,” he said.

The children, from various Islamic seminaries in the town, were travelling in the company of their teachers when they were kidnapped, said one of the teachers who gave his first name as Tijjani.

A source in the area, Sagir Dandume said his younger sister, was among the Islammiyya students kidnapped by the bandits but have since regained freedom.

Sagir said: “The students were in hundreds. They went to attend Maulud celebration in a neighbouring village. You know the tradition is during the Maulud celebration, the students reciprocate the gestures and often attend neighbouring villages’ celebration. So, it was on their way returning around Unguwa Babban Audu when they ran into the bandits, who had just finished attack from a village. They kidnapped some persons from the village and now joined the children among those the kidnapped earlier.

“So calls were put across to the neighbouring villages on the fresh attack which led all the people and vigilantes to come out and put the bandits in middle. And the victims were rescued. The rustled livestock too were rescued.

“After they were rescued by the local vigilantes, they slept in the bush and it was this morning that they returned home.”

Spokesperson, Katsina State Police Command, Gambo Isah, who confirmed the incident, said the security operatives and local vigilante engaged the bandits in a gun duel leading to the rescuing of 84 persons (80 students and four other persons earlier kidnapped by the bandits).

He said: “At 2200hrs on Saturday, a distress call was received by DPO Dandume that some Islamiyya Students of Hizburrahim Islamiyya, Mahuta village, Dandume LGA of Katsina State, numbering about 80, 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 persons and rustled 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 84 kidnapped victims and recovered all the 12 rustled cows. Search parties are still combing the area with a view to arrest the injured bandits and/or recover their dead bodies. Investigation is on going,” Isah added.

But the Defence headquarters, yesterday, said troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in conjunction with Police and local vigilante deployed at Dandume LGA of Katsina State were responsible for the rescue of scores of Islamiya Children who were abducted on Saturday night after attending a religious ceremony.

Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche in a statement, said: “In reaction to the distress call, troops quickly mobilized to the scene, laid ambush and blocked bandits’ route along Daudawa-Kadisau, Sheme Mairuwa and Unguwar Audu village.

“While patiently waiting for the bandits at the ambush and blocking position, troops established contact with bandits and engaged them.

“During the fierce battle, troops superior fire power forced bandits to abandon the children and the rustled cattle and fled in disarray into the forest.

“Troops thereafter, searched the general area and rescued the 39 kidnapped girls in addition to the recovery of 8 rustled cattle.

‘“The victims have been reunited with their families while the recovered cattle handed to the owners. Troops have dominated the general area with aggressive patrol to forestall further occurrence.

‘The Military High Command commends the gallant troops and other security agencies for their sustained successes.  Equally the locals and vigilantes are hereby appreciated for the cooperation in tackling the insecurity in Katsina State.”

Source: Vanguard

Re: How Dozens of Children Were Freed After New Abduction in Katsina — Police

By: dayan (M) |Time : December 22, 2020, 04:23:00 AM
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When the news spread across Mahuta, residents and vigilantes mobilised and went after the kidnappers, said Abdullahi Sada, leader of a local vigilante group.

They set off in pursuit of the gunmen, who had been identified as  herdsmen.

“We laid siege on the area we knew they were holding the children and also took some Fulani settlements in the area hostage, warning that if anything happened to our children, no Fulani would live in the area henceforth.

“They released 60 children around 3am, and later, they called and said they had released the remaining 53 who are now being ferried from the bush,” he said
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See what works?

For starters, the "bandits" were Fulani herdsmen.
In Nigeria it is politically incorrect to call them by their real name.

What worked, however was that the community encircled the nearby Fulani settlement, and threatened mayhem.

That was enough to convince the terrorists that they have no monopoly to evil. They bulked and released the kidnapped kids. See how they reason?

There is a lot of lesson in this incident.

Lamentations can't stop this evil. Only concrete actions (perhaps reciprocal ones) can.

Nigeria used to be a place where no ethnic group monopolized terror and violence.

Every ethnic group knew its own lanes and stayed there.

But since 2015, the Fulani set out to monopolize terror.

The rest of the ethnic groups in Nigeria can stop them though.

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