The wife and children of Alhaji Abdullahi Gurbin-Bore, the Zamfara state Commissioner of Youths, Sport and Skills Acquisition, kidnapped by some unidentified gunmen on May 2, have regained their freedom, Commissioner of Police Mr Kenneth Ebrimson, has said.
Ebrimson spoke in Gusau yesterday while displaying the bodies of four bandits killed by the police.
The bandits were not connected with the kidnapping.
Ebrimson said the four suspected bandits were killed during the exchange of fire with the police while attempting to attack Kekawa village in Tsafe local government.
He said the Divisional Police Officer of Tsafe Division received a distress call that bandits in large number invaded the village.
“The Police and vigilance groups led by the DPO of Tsafe division engaged the bandits in a gun duel where four bandits were killed and others escaped with possible wounds.
“We recovered exhibits from them including two locally-made guns, one pump action, five live cartridges and assorted charms”, he said.
The wife, three children and three relatives of Gurbin-Bore were abducted by gunmen on May 2 at his home town Gurbin-Bore in Zurmi local government area of the state.
The CP said: “I am happy to announce to you this evening that the kidnapped wife, children and relatives of the state commissioner for Youths Sport and Skills Acquisition, Abdullahi Gurbin-Bore who were kidnapped 31 days ago have regained freedom.
“No kobo was paid to bandits before they released the victims, saying that, they were released due to the pressure given to them by the police and other security agencies”,
Alhaji Abdullahi Gurbin-Bore also confirmed to NAN that all the kidnapped victims had returned home.
The Police Commissioner decried the increase in informant activities in the state especially int rural communities.
He claimed the informants were the people giving the criminals information, thus increasing crimes in the state.