The forces comprising Intelligence Response Team (IRT), the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU), the Anti Kidnapping Unit, the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), the Police Mobile Force, Police Surveillance Helicopters and Special Investigation Team on kidnapping and terrorism were also mandated to capture the kidnappers dead or alive.
The Germans were kidnapped around 8:55am at an excavation site at Janjala in Kagarko LGA where they worked in collaboration with the National Commission for Museum and Monuments on the relics of NOK Culture. Two of the locals who were with them when the gunmen attacked were killed.
According to a statement signed by the Force Headquarters spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) the special forces were already on ground in Kaduna and working with the state command.
He said: “Concerned with the unfortunate incident, the IGP Ibrahim Idris has deployed Special forces under the command of Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations to Janjala Village to search and rescue the two Germans unhurt and arrest the perpetrators.
“The team is already on the ground working in synergy with the Kaduna State Police Command and the local indigenes of towns and surrounding villages where these German Archaeologists were kidnapped.
“Though the two German archaeologists have Police officers attached to them for their protection at the NOK Archaeology Research Project Centre, they did not go with the Policemen to the excavation site where they were kidnapped.
“The Special Forces and Police Investigators deployed are in contact with the colleagues of the victims and have provided additional security for their safety.
“In order to achieve prompt result, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department has also been mandated to coordinate the investigation aspect of the operations.