The Zamfara State Police Command has averted an attack by suspected bandits at cattle market in Talata-Mafara town in Zamfara.
The police said in the process of repelling he attack they rescued nine abducted victims.
The State Command Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Shehu, stated this in a statement issued to journalists in Gusau on Tuesday.
Shehu said: “Today, 31st July, 2018 about 4pm, a gang of armed bandits stormed cattle market in Talata Mafara town with the intention to cause harvoc and rustle cows
“The bandits have also abducted nine persons in the market.
“The police team on market banditry patrol swiftly responded and averted the attack and rescued the abducted victims,” he said.
According to him, the police team also arrested 12 suspects and recovered offensive weapons and assorted charms from them.
“All the suspects are in the police custody undergoing interrogation, and will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed”, he added.
Shehu urged members of the public in the state to always cooperate with police and other security agents and provide information on security to them.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered the deployment of 1,000-strong military force to Zamfara State to combat insecurity and stem the tide of killings in the state.
This is just the Nigerian Airforce had earlier deployed more helicopters and fighter aircraft to the state to enhance air operations in the state.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this when he visited the BAG 207 Quick Response Group Headquarters in Gusau, the state capital, last Wednesday.