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Police engage notorious Abuja kidnappers in gun battle, rescue victims

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Police engage notorious Abuja kidnappers in gun battle, rescue victims

The Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command has apprehended two notorious kidnappers after an intense gun battle.

The Force Public Relations of the FCT Police Command, SP Josephine Adeh in a statement on Thursday, said the kidnappers were arrested following a raid on their camps bordering Nasarawa and Abuja via Kuje area council, at midnight.

Adeh said the bandits, on sighting the operatives, opened fire and engaged the police in a gun duel, but were eventually overpowered.

She added that Habu Yakubu and Isufu Abubakar, who were abducted in the Kuje Area Council, were rescued unhurt.

The statement read in part, “The Police operatives of the FCT Police Command attached to the Anti-kidnapping unit, in a continued effort against criminality in the Territory, raided two (2) kidnappers’ camps bordering Nasarawa and Abuja via Kuje area council on 15/02/2024 at about 12 am, dislodged the camps and arrested one Saidu Abdulkadir ‘m’ popularly known as (Dahiru Adamu), who is the gang leader and one of the wanted suspects of the kidnapping syndicate paraded by the Police Command on 14th February 2024.

“The bandits on sighting the police operatives, opened fire and engaged the Police in an intense gun duel and were eventually overpowered by the Police, as one Habu Yakubu and Isufu Abubakar, earlier abducted from Kwaita village via Pegi district of Kuje area council, were rescued unhurt and the suspect arrested.

Speaking further, she said preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects masterminded the kidnap and killing of one Mr Sunday Yahaya Zakwai, the District head of Ketti village.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect masterminded the kidnap and killing of one Mr Sunday Yahaya Zakwai, the district head of Ketti village.

“While efforts are still ongoing to apprehend the other wanted suspects on the run, the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Benneth C. Igweh psc, mni, wishes to reassure criminals in FCT that there is no hiding place for them.

“He equally urges residents to report

suspicious activities through the following emergency lines; 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883; PCB: 09022222352,” the statement said.

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