The traditional ruler of Pinau village in Wase Local Council, His Royal Highness, Dauda Mohammed Suleiman, and his driver, who was kidnapped on Monday at his palace in Pinau community, have been rescued by soldiers attached to Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in the village.
The Acting Deputy Director of 3 Division, Rukuba Barracks Jos, Major Ishaku Takwa, said the victims had been rescued.
A resident, Hassan Pinau, said gunmen abducted the monarch and his driver on their way to Wase town, and Chairman of Action Democratic Congress in the Wase LGA, Hon. Abdullahi Gadole confirmed the kidnap of the monarch to newsmen on Tuesday.
Ubale explained that soon after the incident was reported to soldiers in the village, they swung into action and trailed the kidnappers into the bush, rescued the victims, and recovered two guns and three motorcycles.
A member of neighborhood watch in the area, Nazifi Abubakar, said: “I was with the soldiers during the rescue operation. Soldiers and other members of the neighborhood watch, who trailed the kidnappers, have brought the traditional ruler back to the village.
“Everyone is happy in the village now. There was a gun battle between the soldiers and the bandits before the victims were rescued. The soldiers have tried. We pray Allah to give them the strength to continue with the good job they are doing.”
According to residents no life was lost during the ordeal and only few were injured.