Gombe police, hunters rescue 17-year-old wife kidnapped by herdsmen


The Gombe State Police Command on Saturday confirmed the rescue of a 17-year-old Gombe woman, identified as Rabi Abdul, who was kidnapped by some herdsmen and taken to Zange forest.

Briefing journalists, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Buhari Abdullahi, said Malam Abba of Ardo Wumnu village via Zange, Dukku Local Government Area was one of the suspects. According to him, Rabi was taken hostage after her husband escaped the herders’ onslaught.



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Abdullahi said, “On 19th May 2024, a team of Policemen and hunters while on joint operation at Zange village, Dukku LGA trailed the footsteps of herders suspected to be cattle rustlers which led them to one house in Zange forest.

“On reaching the said house they met the occupant one Malam Abba ‘m’ of Ardo Wummi village-Zange ward Dukku LGA, upon interrogation he confessed to having hidden a kidnapped victim in the house by name Rabi Abdul 17 years of Akkoyel village, Akko LGA a wife to Alhaji Abdu Bello who escaped kidnapping sometimes back.


“The team rescued the said victim and rushed her to General Hospital Dukku for medical attention where she was treated and discharged.”


While warning perpetrators against such acts saying that culprits would not be allowed to escape justice, “The suspect confessed to the crime and will soon be charged to court for prosecution. While four suspects are at large, the police in Gombe are putting all efforts in place to arrest the fleeing suspects.”


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