Troops rescue 2 herders, discover one dead body in Kaduna

By Esther Akaa

Troops under the auspices of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) have rescued two herders from an attack in Mabuhu village of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

The state Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement issued on Thursday, revealed that the herders namely; Zakariya Ahmadu and Abubakar Kofar were attacked while grazing their cattle in the village.

Aruwan also revealed that the troops, in conjunction with Special Forces of the Nigerian Air Force also rescued both the herders alongside 200 cattle and handed them over to their employer, Alhaji Alhamdu with no harm to the herders or cattle.

“Similarly, troops of Operation Safe Haven responded to a distress call relaying information of a kidnap operation along the Gidan Waya-Jagindi road, Jema’a Local Government Area.

“The troops rescued one Ibrahim Tafida from the scene, after armed bandits had opened fire on his vehicle, forcing it to a stop in a bid to kidnap the occupant. The bandits, who abandoned their mission and fled as they sighted the approaching troops, are currently being trailed.

He, however, noted on a sad note that the troops discovered the dead body of Jafaru Isah in the bushes beside a river in Farin Hawan village, Jema’a Local Government Area of the state.

The commissioner further stated that the troops who were mobilised to the area, following a tip-off and found the decomposing body and handed the  deceased over to his family for burial as investigations into the incident are  ongoing.

He said that Governor Nasir El-Rufai had expressed sadness over the discovery of the corpse in Jema’a LGA, and sent condolences to the family of the deceased, as he prayed for the repose of his soul.

The governor thanked the troops for the timely rescue of the citizen in Jema’a LGA, and the herders in Zangon Kataf LGA.

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