Police repel kidnap attempt in Abuja, arrest suspects
Gunfire has erupted on Thursday when police successfully repelled a kidnap attempt and rescued Segun Akinyemi, a resident of Abuja who was kidnapped while leaving his home.
The kidnappers were en route to Kano State from Abuja when the police intervened, according to Kaduna Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan.
According to Hassan, on January 18, 2024, the police received a distress call regarding a kidnapping incident from Abuja.
The operatives from the Kawo Divisional Headquarters in Kaduna were then alerted that the kidnappers, along with their victim, were passing through Kaduna.
“The operatives, at about 0010 hours, blocked a grey Toyota Hilux van with registration number Abuja RBC 90 DC, carrying four passengers, the driver inclusive, suspected to be the vehicle conveying the kidnappers and their victim.”
“On sensing danger and in an effort to escape, one of the kidnappers fired at the policemen, and they responded accordingly. In the resulting gun duel, the victim, a certain Segun Akinyemi of block 10, flat 2 FCDA quarters Area 3 Garki, Abuja, was rescued, and one of the kidnappers, a 28-year-old Chinaza Philip of Life Camp Abuja, was arrested,” he said.
The police said the three other suspects who escaped are being trailed, adding that the vehicle belonging to the victim, two Retay G17 model pistols, one Beretta pistol, ten 9mm P.A.K ammunitions, and five 9mm special ammunitions were recovered from the kidnappers.
He said preliminary inquiries revealed that the victim was abducted on January 17, 2024, by the kidnappers just when he was leaving his home situated at the aforementioned address.
He said the three escaped suspects were; Chidibere Nwodibo of Life Camp, Abuja, one Auwal surname unknown, and the gang leader whose identity is yet to be ascertained.
The kidnappers were transporting their victim to Kano before they were intercepted by the Police.
The Commissioner of Police Kaduna State Command, CP A.D Ali, while commending the operatives for the brave feat, still tasked them to continuously go after all criminal elements in the state.
He called on the members of the public to avail themselves of security agencies’ hotlines for any distress call requiring a prompt response.