Zainab Abbas, the wife of a High Court judge, was taken hostage by gunmen in Yola, Adamawa State.
On June 7, at around two in the morning, Zainab Abbas was abducted from her home, located behind the Royal Ambassadors Hotel in the Nyibango neighbourhood, which is close to the headquarters of the 23rd Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Yola.
SP Suleiman Nguroje, a spokesman for the state’s police, acknowledged the event in a statement and stated that CP Afolabi Babatola had sent the command’s operational assets to rescue the victim.
“Adamawa state Commissioner of Police, CP Afolabi Babatola, deployed operatives of the Command, drawn from the Crack Squad, Special Rapid Response Team (SRRT) and other Tactical squads to carry out a tactical and intelligence-driven Rescue Operation on Criminal Hideouts and Black Spots to rescue the Kidnapped Wife of the High Court Judge, Arrest the Kidnapers and their Collaborators that are bent to fomenting troubles in the State,” the statement read.
“Those deployed to rescue the victim will ensure the arrest of the Culprits as a further manifestation of the Command’s determination to diligent prosecution of offenders.
“These deployments will surely assist in Coordinating timely response to distress calls and to clamp down on those found committing Crimes, as the Command has deployed electronic devices to record pictorial evidence of those involved.
“The CP has equally directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations and Deployment to Coordinate the Designed Rescue operation as all Divisional police officers to adopt a stop and Search exercise in their respective Areas of responsibility (AOR) especially midnights to ensure total domination of the public space, Prevent Escape of Criminals and possible Arrest of trouble makers.
“The CP while re-emphasizing the firm determination of the Command in ensuring the safety of lives and property seek full cooperation from members of the public and Sister security Agencies to join Hands with the Command in keeping peace in the State.
“The CP while assuring the Command’s effort to rescue the Kidnapped Victims unharmed, further calls on members of the public to give a timely report of any suspicious character around them.”