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Fleeing kidnappers kill four on Abuja highway


Kidnappers fleeing police clampdown in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Sunday, 8 2019 shot and killed four persons along Kwali-Kaita Highway, a police statement said on Monday.

Deputy spokesperson for the FCT police command Mariam Yusuf, an Assistant Superintendent, said one of the suspected kidnappers was arrested, while the hunt is on for other members of the fleeing hoodlums.

“In furtherance of efforts to wipe out kidnappers from the FCT particularly along Kwali-Kaita axis, the FCT Police Command has continued with the counter-kidnapping operations, which have yielded positive results,” the statement said.

“The operation, using overt/covert means, has dismantled their camps and dislodged their bases, prompting them to seek refuge [elsewhere]. The fleeing kidnappers, while scampering for safety, entered the highway, shot at an oncoming vehicle and killed four persons along that axis on Sunday.

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“The swift intervention of police operatives led to the immediate arrest of one of the suspected kidnappers while efforts are in top gear to apprehend his cohorts.

“While commiserating with the families of the deceased, the Command wishes to reiterate its unflinching commitment to provide maximum security for residents and stakeholders to have a hitch-free Yuletide.”

The police did not reveal the identity of the four persons killed by the fleeing kidnappers, nor did they name the criminals’ busted camps.

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