The Katsina State Command of the Nigerian Police on Monday confirmed the rescue of 30 out of the 40 Muslims abducted in Jibia while taking part in Tahajjud (night vigil) prayer in a Mosque.
Public Relations Officer of the Command, SP Gambo, said they were rescued through the joint effort of Police-Millitary operation, vigilante and members of the community.
Gambo said the bandits, who came in their numbers Sunday night, surrounded the worshipers at a newly constructed mosque at the outskirt of Jibia.
According to him, “It is around Abattoir quarters, which is their route into Jibia. They surrounded the worshipers and fired a shot into the air to scare them after which they abducted about 40 of them.
“But a combined effort of the police, military, local vigilante and members of the community went after them and succeeded in rescuing about 30 of the victims.
“When we conducted a headcount this morning, about 10 are still missing, but we are not sure if they are actually with the bandits, or they have run to other places for their safety. But the investigation is ongoing.”