Police rescue two South Africans from Kidnappers in Nigeria
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Jan-27, Abuja : Nigerian Police Force rescued two South Africans from kidnappers at Maidaro Village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna Northwest Nigeria.
The Police in a statement through its Spokesman CSP Jimoh Moshood said pressure was mounted on the suspected kidnappers using Police Helicopter, Intelligence Response Team and Police Special Forces which resulted to the release of the two South African Nationals kidnapped at a Mining Site in Maidaro Village.
According to the statement, The IGP Intelligence Response Team, Police Special Forces, Police Airwing and other detachments of the Force stormed the hideout of the suspected kidnappers who kidnapped the two South African Nationals, Mr. Thomas Arnold Pearce and Mr. Hendrik Gideon Smith on 23rd January, 2018 at Maidoro Village, Kaduna State " We mounted pressure simultaneously from the air and on the ground which led to the release of the two South African Nationals unhurt in the early hours of today, 27th January, 2018.
"The operation which lasted several hours in the Forest in Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna State that led to the release of the two South African Nationals was made possible through coordinated efforts led by Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State. "The IGP Intelligence Response Team, Police Special Forces, Police Airwing (Police Aerial Surveillance Helicopter) and Police personnel from Kaduna State Command overwhelmed the kidnappers and the two (2) victims were released.
"The two South African Nationals have been handed over to the South African High Commission in Nigeria in the presence of their company’s representatives. " Investigation is ongoing and effort is being intensified by the Joint Police Teams who are still in the Forest to arrest the kidnappers that carried out the crime," the statement reads. The statement didn't give details whether ransom was paid before they were released Kidnapping for ransom in Nigeria has become a brisk business because just few days ago two Canadians and Two Americans regain freedom after been abducted on their way to Abuja from Southern part of the country.
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