The Niger State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has rescued 22 persons from kidnappers in Niger State.
Naija News understands that the victims consisting of peasant farmers were abducted last Friday from Kuchi, a community in the Munya Local Government Area of the state.
The security operatives are said to have engaged the terrorists in a gun battle during the weekend.
Confirming the incident, the State Commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Affairs, Emmanuel Umar told newsmen in a statement that some of the victims that sustained decrees of injuries are still receiving treatment in a government-owned medical facility.
He revealed that among those rescued were infants. Umar said the victims had been debriefed and reunited with their families.
“During the encounter, the terrorists scampered into the overflowing river and forest belt, abandoning their victims and some of their items and equipment,” the government official explained.
Umar said the Niger State Government appreciated the efforts of the heads of security agencies in the state and that of the community leaders towards mitigating the spate of insecurity in some parts of the state.
Commenting on the incident, the police public relations officer, Niger State Command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun said the victims were rescued by police tactical teams, with support from the vigilantes drafted to the area after the attack on Friday night.