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Spokesman for the Katsina State Police command, SP Gambo Isa who confirmed the abduction and subsequent rescue of the Muslim faithful, told The Nation in a telephone chat that the bandits in their numbers came from Zurumi border town in Zamfara state during Tahajjud prayers on the outskirts of Jibia forest.

The event took place on Friday at the POWA Hall, Oduduwa, Ikeja, Lagos and was witnessed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Ahmed Kontangora; DCP Bassey Ewah, Administration; DCP Adegoke Fayoade, State CID, Panti; Assistant Commissioners of Police; senior officers, including the Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi; and other ranks.