Police working to rescue abducted Zamfara ladies – Spokesman

The Zamfara State Police Command has said it is intensifying efforts to rescue four abducted women facing the threat of forceful marriage in the den of terrorists.

The PUNCH had reported that in a two-minute-19-second video clip released by the terrorists on Sunday, the abducted females were seen crying, calling for help from both the Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal, and the general public to come to their rescue before they would be forcefully married by the bandits.

The girls, who all wore hijabs and appeared emaciated, said they faced the threat of forced marriage over the inability of their families to pay the N12m ransom demanded by the abductors.

The abductees, identified as Aisha Yahaya, Jamila Yahaya, Ummu Sani, and Hauwa Garba, were kidnapped along Birnin Magaji-Kaura Namoda Road in Zamfara State six months ago.

In a phone interview with The PUNCH on Monday, the spokesperson for the state police command, Yazid Abubakar, said the police were doing everything possible towards the rescue of the captives.

“We have started a rescue operation and by the grace of God, we will do our best to get the women,” the police spokesman said.

On his part, the Press Secretary to Governor Dauda Lawal, Suleiman Idris, told The PUNCH that he needed to hear from the governor before he could speak on the issue.

“Please give me more time to get in touch with my governor by 8 o’clock today before I can make any comment,” he said on Monday afternoon.

It could be recalled that four females, including a student of Zamfara State College of Arts and Science, Gusau Zamfara State abducted by bandits six months ago.

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