he Kaduna State Police Command, on Tuesday, said it foiled an attempt to kidnap two girls in a village near Shika in Zaria Local Government Area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Muktar Aliyu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna that the kidnappers, numbering about 30, invaded the community on September 18 at about 1:30 a.m.
He said: “When the police were informed, we acted instantly and engaged them in gun battle and forced them to run into the bush without accomplishing their mission.
“A policeman, however, sustained gunshot wound during the attack and is now receiving treatment at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika.
“Also, the father of the girls, Malam Mustapha Gali, died on Tuesday morning from the injuries he sustained when the kidnappers invaded his house.
“The two girls sustained no injury and are now with their mother.
“No arrest has been made yet, but we are on the trail of the suspects, and wish to assure the general public that they will be arrested and prosecuted.”
Aliyu restated the command’s commitment to rid the state of criminals and appealed for more useful information from residents.