All nine officers of the Nigeria Police who went missing in Katsina State have been rescued.
Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba confirmed the rescue of the security operatives who are all Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs), two weeks after the incident occurred.
The police officers had gone missing on November 8 between Kankara town and Sheme in Katsina after a night commercial bus they were travelling in came under attack by heavily armed men who were dressed in military camouflage, but suspected to be bandits.
They were on their way to Gusau, the Zamfara State capital from Maiduguri in Borno State at the time of the incident.
He added that preliminary investigation had shown that the attack on the vehicle was an opportunistic crime, noting that the officers were all traveling along with other private citizens in the commercial vehicle, in mufti and unarmed.
The police spokesman stressed that nine officers were involved in the incident and not 12 as reported, adding that a follow-up investigation into the incident was ongoing.
Mba promised that the police would ensure improved safety and tactical presence of personnel on highways across the nation before, during, and after the festive period.