The Nigerian Army has secured the release popular Kano Qur’anic reciter, Sheikh Ahmad Sulaiman alongside five other members of the Jammaatul Izalatul Bidia Wa Iqamatus Sunna (JIBWIS) kidnapped 13 days ago by unknown gunmen
The General Officer Commanding 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Katsina state, Brigadier-General Lukman Omoniyi who confirmed this development in a press conference noted that the victims after their release underwent a series of medical check-ups at the brigade’s Medical Center and they are in good health condition as ascertained by the medical examination.
While affirming the Nigerian Army’s commitment to ensuring the safety of lives and property of people in the state and the country at large, Brigadier-General Omoniyi pointed that a sustained covert surveillance and tactical lines of operations orchestrated concurrently with other security agencies led to the rescue of Sheikh Ahmad Suleiman and others held captive.
The rescued Islamic cleric and five others were later presented to newsmen.
According to Brigadier-General Omoniyi, a marching order was given by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Yusuf Buratai, to 17 Brigade Nigerian Army to carry out an immediate rescue operation in order to rescue the kidnapped victims.
He added that the operation was structured to reflect robust synergy with relevant security agencies.
He also noted that the Nigerian Army Directorate of Military Intelligence provided actionable intelligence and constant guidance for the Brigade in this regard which led to the successful operation.
Speaking on the ever-assuring support of Lieutenant-General Buratai particularly, he said the Nigerian Army remain professionally responsive to perform its constitutional duties always.
It could be recalled that Sheikh Ahmad Sulaiman and five other scholars were abducted by gunmen on their way to Kano from Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi state after attending a First Aid Camp in Dutse, Jigawa State.
It was gathered that Sheik Sulaiman was kidnapped a day before the wedding ceremony of his two daughters in Kano.