Governor Joins Ambush Against Bandits, Helps Rescue Kidnap Victim


Governor Dikko Umaru Radda of Saturday on Saturday joined soldiers and other security personnel in the state to fight off bandits who had planned to attack Zakka Village in Safana Local Government Area of the state.

In the course of the operation, a 33-year-old man abducted by armed bandits was rescued according to a statement by Ibrahim Kaula Mohammed, the Chief Press Secretary, CPS to the governor.

He, however, did not reveal the nature of arms borne by the governor in the course of the about 30-minute fight with the bandits.


According to Mohammed Governor Radda was in Safana local government on Saturday to flag off an empowerment programme sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly when he received a distress security call about a planned attack on Zakka village by the bandits.

He stated, “After the intelligence report on the planned terrorist attack was revealed to Governor Radda around 1 pm, he immediately called off his involvement in the colourful empowerment programme of the Katsina House of Assembly Deputy Speaker.


“Mr. Governor and some few members of his entourage then joined a combined team of security personnel, comprising men of the Nigerian Police, Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji, Ground troops of the Nigerian Army, and personnel of the Community Watch Corps, to engage the terrorists at Zakka forest, before the criminals advanced to the hills.

“A 33-year-old man was bravely rescued by the gallant troops after a heavy gun battle with the terrorists which lasted almost 30 minutes. The terrorists were fortunate to escape without suffering any casualty after their callous mission was thwarted.

“After repelling the bandits, Governor Radda directed that the abducted man rescued by troops be taken to hospital for urgent treatment, as he was shot on the leg by the bandits,” he said

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