The Police on Thursday said they had rescued 27 kidnapped persons, including five Chinese nationals abducted in Niger.
Force Spokesman, Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, said in a statement in Abuja that the victims were rescued by operatives attached to “Operation Puff Adder”.
Mba said that the Chinese citizens who were earlier kidnapped on April 15, in Bobi, Niger, were rescued on Sunday in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State.
He said that their rescue followed painstaking investigative efforts, including air and ground surveillance.
The spokesman said that two of the kidnappers died from injuries sustained during exchange of gun fire with the police in the course of the rescue.
He said that the 22 other kidnap victims were rescued in Zamfara and other parts of the country.
Mba said that between January and first week of May, 270 suspected kidnappers and 275 suspected armed robbers were arrested by the police.
He added that 105 assorted weapons and a large cache of ammunition were also recovered from the suspects during the period.
The spokesman said that the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had reassured the nation that the end of violent crimes and criminal activities was in sight.