Gov Radda joins military operation to rescue abducted civilian in Katsina

The Katsina State Governor, Dikko Radda, joined a combined team of security operatives to foil an attack on the residents of Zakka village in Safana Local Government Area.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ibrahim Kaula in a statement said Governor Radda witnessed the rescue of a 33-year-old man abducted by armed bandits in the state, adding that his principal was in Safana LGA on Saturday to flag off an empowerment programme sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly when he received a distress security call about a planned attack on Zakka village by terrorists.

He stated: “After the intelligence report on the planned terrorist attack was revealed to Governor Radda around 1 pm, he immediately called off his involvement in the colourful empowerment programme of the Katsina House of Assembly Deputy Speaker.

“Mr Governor and some few members of his entourage then joined a combined team of security personnel, comprising men of the Nigerian Police, Air Component of Operation HadarinDaji, Ground troops of the Nigerian Army, and personnel of the Community Watch Corps, to engage the terrorists at Zakka Forest, before the criminals advanced to the hills.

“A 33-year-old man was bravely rescued by the gallant troops after a heavy gun battle with the terrorists which lasted almost 30 minutes. The terrorists were fortunate to escape without suffering any casualties after their callous mission was thwarted.

“After repelling the bandits, Governor Radda directed that the abducted man rescued by troops be taken to hospital for urgent treatment, as he was shot in the leg by the bandits.”