Chris Steven, Abuja
The Police and other security agents have rescued ten villagers kidnapped in the Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja by some gun men about a week ago.
Announcing the rescue in Abuja on Monday at a press conference, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello said the rescue followed joint operation carried out by the FCT Security Agencies in which they successfully routed out the notorious gang of hoodlums who specialize in robing and kidnapping innocent residents in that area.
The Minister was accompanied at the press conference by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, FCT Police Commissioner, FCT Director of DSS, Commandant of NSCDC, representative of the Nigerian Army as well as the Chairman of the Kuje Area Council.
Malam Bello revealed that the victims rescued have been handed over to the Gomo of Kuje for immediate rehabilitation and they include: Fanus Emmanuel (M), Babangida Emmanuel (M), Akimmi Dauda (F), Japhet Kwasu (M), Dorcas Shuaibu (F), Kemu Cheik (F), Hamza Yunusa (M), Umar Godiri (M), Ismaila Yusuf (M) and Abubakar Gomo (M).
He said that the joint operation comprised of the Police Mobile Force, Operatives of the Command Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Department of State Security (DSS), Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The Minister however lamented that an officer of the NSCDC ASC1 Anumudu Uchewho, took ill during the operation and died, but reiterated that his death would not be in vain as he lost his life in the line of duty to safe the lives of ten other residents of the Territory.
He said that all the structures of the notorious hoodlums are being dismantled and that the FCT Security Agencies have set up a surveillance mechanism in order not to allow such miscreants operate within the entire 8,000 square kilometers of the Federal Capital Territory.
Also speaking during the Press Conference, the FCT Police Commissioner, Mohammed Mustapha assured all those resident in the affected villages that the Police Command has commenced a massive deployment to forestall any future occurrence.
He assured that the Security Agents are presently making concerted efforts to arrest the dislodged hoodlums; noting that no stone would be left unturned to get them to face the consequences of their criminal actions.
It would be recalled that Darka Village in Kuje Area Council was attacked in the early hours of Sunday, 13th November, 2016 leaving a 28-year old man, Zakariyya Nuhu dead, and injuring one other with six people kidnapped. In addition, a neigbouring village of Huni-Gade was also attacked on Thursday, 17th November, 2016 where four persons were also kidnapped.