Troops of 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Army has rescued Sheik Ahmed Suleiman and five other clerics.
Sheik Suleiman, a renowned Islamic cleric and five others of the Jammaatul Izalatul Bidia Wa Iqamatus Sunna were kidnapped along Kakumi – Kankara Road, Kankara local government area of Katsina State on March 14, 2019.
According to a statement by the Army, the victim were rescued on Wednesday at about 12:58pm.
The statement reads: “Almost immediately a marching order was given by the Chief of Army Staff for 17 Brigade Nigerian Army to carry out an immediate rescue operation in order to rescue the kidnapped victims. The operation was structured to reflect robust synergy with relevant security agencies.
“Instructively, the Nigerian Army Directorate of Military Intelligence provided actionable intelligence and constant guidance for the Brigade in this regard. Sustained covert, surveillance as well as tactical lines of operations were orchestrated in concurrency by the Brigade in close synchronization with relevant security agencies. These efforts have finally led to the rescue of the kidnapped victims by 0058 hours earlier today.
“It is of great interest that as we speak the rescued clerics are intact in good health condition as ascertained by the medical examination already conducted on them at 17 Brigade Medical Centre.”
The statement stated that the clerics have been handed over to the Emir of Katsina for onward handing over to their families.